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Death of a Monk

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  50 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Amid the bustling marketplaces of a rich and vibrant Damascus, where the dark alleyways teem with fear and hostility, Hilu unfolds a story charged with emotional and sexual conflict in this powerful literary tour-de-force from a unique new voice; at times wickedly funny, at others painfully sad, but beautifully told throughout.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Harvill Secker (first published 2004)
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Fiona Glass
Oct 23, 2013 Fiona Glass rated it really liked it
Finding this book at all was something of a happy accident, since I’d never even heard of the author, let alone the title. This isn’t really surprising as Hilu is an Israeli writer and Death of a Monk was translated from Hebrew by an American scholar. Browsing the shelves of an Aladdin’s cave of a second-hand book shop in London’s Soho district, I thought the title looked intriguing and pulled the book out for a closer look. Straight away the blurb caught my eye, with various euphemisms for gay ...more
Moshe Mikanovsky
העברית! העברית! כנסיכה יפיפיה היושבת ברומו של כסא תפארות, ולגופה תכשיטים ועדיים למכביר, ודמה גועש ורותח בתוכה, וכל רמ״ח אבריה ושס״ה גידיה מכווננים בתכלית היעלות למטרה אחת, והיא להעשיר את חיינו ולסבר את אוזנינו ולהתפתל בלשונינו ולהציף את ליבנו ולחדד את עורנו עד שנדע רק שובע ועונג ורווח לב. איזו עברית!
I am not entirely sure how I feel or what I think about this book.The particular historical events of the Damascus blood libel in 1840 has been an interest of mine for years. I was excited and curious to read his interpretation in the form of historical friction. The historical events were woven into the fiction quite well. The beginning was well done, but at some point the author lost me. The characters were not believable. I kept stopping myself in a middle of an event the protagonist was ...more
Apr 25, 2015 Stav rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to an audio version of this book, read by the author himself, he did a nice job.
He also did a nice job compiling the historical facts into a quite interesting book. however, I didn't quite fancy the fictional parts which seemed like taking it a bit too far and I found the main character too full with self hatred. all in all, I enjoyed the beginning and the closing and the writing was fine.
Jan 26, 2015 Hermien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like books that are based on historical events. In this book I particularly liked the beginning and the end.
Feb 27, 2015 Adva rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
שפה עשירה, מחקר היסטורי מעמיק. חבל רק שהכל טובע בשנאה עצמית עזה.
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Mixing historical facts and events with excessive homosexuality... yeah! Not really.
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Nov 01, 2014 Bob Finch rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, fiction
[soon: gotta think a bit more about this one!]
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