Fic­tion

Jerusalem Beach

  • From the Publisher
September 1, 2020

For fans of Etgar Keret, a debut col­lec­tion that fus­es the humor of every­day life in Israel with tech­nol­o­gy’s chal­lenges and the lat­est dis­cov­er­ies about the human brain.

At once com­pas­sion­ate, philo­soph­i­cal, and humor­ous, Jerusalem Beach is a for­ay into the human con­di­tion in all its con­tra­dic­tions. Through a series of snap­shots of con­tem­po­rary life in Israel, Gefen reveals a world that’s a step from the familiar.

A man’s grand­fa­ther joins an army pla­toon of geri­atrics look­ing for pur­pose in old age. A schem­ing tech start-up expos­es the dire con­se­quences of ambi­tion in try­ing to share human mem­o­ries. An elder­ly cou­ple search­es for a beach that does­n’t exist. And, a boy mourns his broth­er’s death in an attempt to catch time like flies in his fist.

Entire­ly heart­felt and infused with pathos, Jerusalem Beach is an explo­ration of both tech­nol­o­gy and the brain. Whether rumi­nat­ing on the stakes of famil­ial love or pitch­ing the read­er head­long into the absur­di­ty of suc­cess and fail­ure, Gefen leaves the read­er intrigued throughout.

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