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The Diamond Setter with Author Moshe Sakal

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA, 94115 (map)

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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Inspired by true events, Moshe Sakal’s best-selling Israeli novel traces a complex web of love triangles and family secrets across generations and borders.

The uneventful life of a jeweler from Tel Aviv changes abruptly after Fareed, a young man from Damascus, crosses illegally into Israel and makes his way to the ancient port city of Jaffa in search of his roots. In his pocket is a piece of the famous blue diamond known as “Sabakh.” Intending to return the diamond to its rightful owner, Fareed is swept up in Tel Aviv’s vibrant gay scene, and a turbulent protest movement.

The Diamond Setter (Other Press, 2018) is translated by Jessica Cohen, who will be speaking at the Library on Thursday, April 19.  

Moshe Sakal is the author of five Hebrew novels, including Yolanda, which was shortlisted for the Sapir Prize (Israel’s most lucrative literary award) in 2011, and Sister, which was longlisted in 2016. Sakal was awarded the title of Honorary Fellow in Writing by the University of Iowa, the Eshkol prize, and a Fulbright grant. His work has been published in several major Israeli outlets, as well as Le Monde, The Forward, and Words without Borders.

Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel.

Co-presented by Keshet and JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa.