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- DescriptionGideon Jerusalem is one of Israel's founding heroes. Like the Jewish state itself, he is a complex character rife with contradictions. Loosely autobiographical and drawing on the author's own family involvement with the highest echelons of Israeli political life, the vel tells of the emergence of modern Israel; of a destructive father-son relationship in which both succumb to the lure of different cultures; and of a fated love story. Gideon's diplomatic posting to London in the 1950s intensifies the conflict between him and his son Philo, who does t quite live up to his father's high expectations. Alienation leads to a painful and belated mutual appreciation. Philo's impressions of Israel's birth have the clarity and detail of a child's incent apprehension. As an adult, against the background of war and breakdown of a marriage, he views his native country critically but t altogether unsympathetically.
- Author BiographyElon Salmon was born in Israel. His father was a close associate of Israel's first prime minister, David Ben Gurion, and was commissioned to London as Israel's first military attache. Elon was sent to a very English boarding school and his complicated relationship with England began. He returned to Israel to do national military service ending up as a lieutenant commanding a combat platoon. During the Six Days War he fought as a reservist on the Jordanian front. He then worked in Sweden for the Israel Ministry of Tourism before moving to the UK to work as a freelance journalist, primarily for The Financial Times and The Economist. When There Were Heroes is his third novel.
- Author(s)Elon Salmon
- PublisherDewi Lewis Publishing
- Date of Publication03/01/2003
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationStockport
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintDewi Lewis Publishing
- Weight372 g
- Width152 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine20 mm
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