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Mordechai Landsberg (pen name: Ben Shmuel)is an Israeli Novelist. He has published two novels in Hebrew, that deal with Israeli and Jewish topics: ’The Gentle Ones’ and
‘The disconnections’- telling about simple soldiers before and after Six Days War and Yom Kipur War (they have been awarded the President’s Incentive - and Public Libraries prize). Mordechai Landsberg studied literature and philosophy in the Tel Aviv university, and has worked many years as an Administrative & Finance Officer for U.S. Contracts with the Israeli Arms Industry - an experience that has contributed a lot to his writing in English.
on Sep. 01, 2012 :
I like this novel because it’s very thrilling and interesting for readers who like the Russian gloom atmosphere – together with descriptions human beings who stand against evil doers - and try to struggle, paying a high personal price for it: In the case of the Rabbi - he was smart and tricky enough, ready to suffer a lot - in order to keep his religious way of life and the religious simple ideal of Helpful God, though during his struggle he finds out that some of his activities and moves would not be liked by God; he hopes that Heaven will forgive him.
The female character Natalya - is an example of a woman who at first, in the beginning of the revolution - had burned in love and devotion to her innocent younghood ideals; but her belief in communism – equality, freedim and justice to all - clashed with the cruel reality of life in Stalin’s Russia.. .She finds her condolence and spiritual calmness - in becoming religious and joining the Rabbi - after a long path of suffering and self sacrifice; but also while she has already found her true love with that complicated and stubburn man, whom she adores – she needs strong nerves, which she really has..
The author has published a second book- and I’ll like to read it too.
(review of free book)