The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land: Stories

The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land: Stories by Omer Friedlander 0593242971 9780593242971
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A brilliant young authors stunning fiction debut: gorgeously immersive and imaginative stories that transcend borders as they render the intimate lives of people striving for connection

"A beautiful debut by a deeply humane writer. Every story is a vivid world unto itself, intensely felt, and often revelatory."--Nicole Krauss, author of The History of Love

The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land
announces the arrival of a natural-born storyteller of immense talent. Warm, poignant, delightfully whimsical, Omer Friedlanders gorgeously immersive and imaginative stories take you to the narrow limestone alleyways of Jerusalem, the desolate beauty of the Negev Desert, and the sprawling orange groves of Jaffa, with characters that spring to vivid life. A divorced con artist and his daughter sell empty bottles of "holy air" to credulous tourists; a Lebanese Scheherazade enchants three young soldiers in a bombed-out Beirut radio station; a boy daringly "rooftops" at night, climbing steel cranes in scuffed sneakers even as he reimagines the bravery of a Polish-Jewish dancer during the Holocaust; an Israeli volunteer at a West Bank checkpoint mourns the death of her son, a soldier killed in Gaza.

These stories render the intimate lives of people striving for connection. They are fairy tales turned on their head by the stakes of real life, where moments of fragile intimacy mix with comedy and notes of the absurd. Told in prose of astonishing vividness that also demonstrates remarkable control and restraint, they have a universal appeal to the heart.

Author: Omer Friedlander

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 256

Publisher: Random House

Publication Date: 2022-04-12


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