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The World a Moment Later [Kindle Edition]

Amir Gutfreund
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Journalist Leon Abramowitz never intended to immigrate to Palestine. Yet in 1922, four years after he was sent there from Europe to report on the lives of the pioneers, he discovers that the editor who dispatched him has run off with half of the paper's money, leaving Leon forgotten in The Promised Wilderness. This chain of events opens The World a Moment Later, which tells the story of Abramowitz and his two children. One son stays in Europe, while the other, young Haim Abramowitz, joins his father in Palestine, heading a group of orange pickers and destined to become a legend in his time. This is also the story of Yehezkel Klein, an ex-underground activist who wanted to be a "regular" Zionist but finds himself instead taking a vow of protest against his country-to never to leave his home; Lev Gutkin, a handsome Russian who arrives in Israel with a smoking gun after his long-standing plan to assassinate Stalin is thwarted when Stalin dies; David Bonhoeffer, a righteous nomad who tends to poor souls who have been neglected even by the Social Services; the late Naomi Riklin, who still controls the life of Doctor Riklin, healer of the infertile; Rivka Abramowitz, who eats only lemons and spices, and Shmuel Klein, a medal of honor-wearer who is an electrician by profession and a pyromaniac by hobby.

The World a Moment Later is the shadow book of the official Zionist lexicon. It is the book of those who were forgotten by the national narrative of Israel, collected here to be remembered. These are the people who did not enter the encyclopedias, but still, their lives contributed anger, wisdom, despair, frustration, bitterness, malice and endless love to the country. This is a fully-fledged humanistic novel which respects the myths of Theodor Herzl and Ze'ev Jabotinsky, but nonetheless is dedicated to the anonymous masses. It stems simultaneously from realism and fantasy, and provides an in-depth exploration of the question: what are we doing here?

Translated by Jessica Cohen from the Hebrew HaOlam, Ktsat Achar-kach.

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About the Author

Amir Gutfreund was born in Haifa, Israel in 1963. After studying applied mathematics at the Technion, he joined the Israeli Air Force where he served as an officer for 20 years, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel. Our Holocaust was his first novel. He was awarded the prestigious Sapir Prize (the Israeli equivalent of the Man Booker Prize) in 2003. Married with three children, Gutfreund lives in a small village in the Galilee, at the north part of Israel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 720 KB
  • Print Length: 514 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611091160
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossingEnglish; Tra Rep edition (7 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006YZ2B98
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #231,994 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Mia
Format:Kindle Edition
A story with many beginnings and one end , spreads across the years of Israel pioneers and ending with almost current Israel. Fantastic read, woven like spider's web across the times.
Most impressive is the understanding why we need a Jewish state : so every one can forget us. So we will not be hatted or loves, we will just BE. like every other country in the world. Genius !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars dfferent 18 Oct. 2013
By jeff
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Not sure about this book. Found it very confusing as it switched with different characters. Did finish it but it left me wondering why.
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4.0 out of 5 stars deserves a review 20 Jun. 2013
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I bought this book because it was on sale for Kindle without knowing anything about the author or very much about the subject. I found this an enjoyable story that is well written without the writing drawing attention to itself. It is a story woven together from the lives of 20 or so characters whose lives are intertwined in large and small ways. This is especially interesting because of the diverse backgrounds of the people even though almost all of them are Jewish. To me that was one of the best aspects of the book, reading how Zionism drew together European Jews, Russian Jews, Yemenite Jews, etc. Also how Zionism was viewed differently by Holocaust survivors as compared to the Jewish population that had never left the Promised Land. If you enjoy a novel that tells an interesting story and gives a richer understanding of a period in history and another culture I recommend this book.

I actually came to this page to see what others were saying about the book. I was surprised with how the author didn't seem to have a strong political message on such a divisive subject, but I wondered if there were nuanced things that I had missed. I guess the ending does make a statement, but I won't be a spoiler. It seems to me this book deserves to be read and discussed, so I am putting in my two cents worth. I will check back later to see if others have weighed in on this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars " It is an amazing book, beautifully-written and translated 12 Dec. 2014
By Josie Glausiusz - Published on
In "The World a Moment Later," Amir Gutfreund captures the essence of the jumble of people living in Israel, pre-and post-state - the ideologues and crazies and wheeler-dealer politicians, the post-World War II refugees and the pioneers and dreamers who came here in the 1920s with plans of building a state where Jews would be "forgotten." It is an amazing book, beautifully-written and translated.
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