And the bride closed the door by Ronit Matalon

0D9201EB-23D0-40F7-845E-4298C95B9E0B.JPGBook set in Kiryat Ono, Israel. Reviewed on 2019/08:

“Language alone protects us from the scariness of things with no names. Language alone is meditation.” – Toni Morrison. I think these beautiful words can easily define the work of #ronitmatalon and other writers within #israeliliterature(Rabinyan, Oz, Grossman, Keret, etc.) holding on to and fighting for the survival of the #israeli soul. The more a country denies its humanity and that of others, worships fear and anger, and falls into the claws of ethnonationalism, the more writers and the story they share have a tremendous role to play. I’m very biased when it comes to praise my love for #matalon . So when I figured that the amazing @newvesselpresswas publishing #andthebrideclosedthedoor this coming October 2019 and translated by the one and only #jessicacohen , I knew I had to read it. This was her latest book before sadly passing a couple of years ago. Reading it makes me feel like an encountering a long lost family member and also makes me realize how much books help the stories become timeless and eternal. I personally felt that the #bride was a metaphor for #israel the country itself. Like a #shabbat bride, #margie or Israel is enticed to come and celebrate and rejoice. However she can’t. She won’t. The #trauma that she and others have refused to see, to talk about comes out and basically destroys everything. Our unspoken and ignored traumas either at a personal or society levels, one day or another demand their day of reckoning. As simple as that. #leahgoldberg might be a first step to heal. #highlyrecommended#newvesselpress #telaviv #kiryatono#brennerprize #רונית_מטלון #רוניתמטלון#והכלהסגרהאתהדלת#והכלה_סגרה_את_הדלת

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