"abnormality in his heart."
This novel assembles a cast of characters as diverse as Israel itself and brings them into sharp relief with a wonderfully told story that illuminates not only its fictional characters but the state of Israel (in both senses) today. The narrative is told in the first person by each character, whose personal histories reflect the context of Israel's recent history. Brief, poetic, non-narrative introductory sections convey the spiritual dimension of the land and its emotional content for Israel's inhabitants and devotees. A splendid read that stays with you.