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One Mile and Two Days Before Sunset

One Mile and Two Days Before Sunset

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Author: Shimon Adaf

In Shimon Adaf's Lost Detective Trilogy, what begins as conventional mystery becomes by degrees a brilliant deconstruction not just of genre but of our own search for meaning. Both profound and compulsively readable, these books demand to be devoured. --Lavie Tidhar

At age thirty, Elish Ben Zaken has found himself in a life he never imagined. As a university student, Elish was an esteemed rock-music critic for local newspapers; now, disenchanted with an increasingly commercialized music scene, he has joined a private investigation agency where he is content to be a "clerk of small human sins"--a finder of stolen cars and wayward husbands. But when a disconcertingly amiable detective asks him to look into the suicide of an infamous philosophy professor--and the police file contains an unexpected allusion to Dalia Shushan, a celebrated young rock singer whose recent murder remains unsolved--Elish's natural curiosity is piqued. And when violence begins to dog the steps of his investigation, he knows that dangerous secrets are at hand. Haunted by the ghost of Dalia, a true artist with a transformative voice whose dark brilliance Elish was one of the first to recognize, he must face the long-buried trauma of his own past in order to unravel the intertwining threads of two lives, and their ends.

In Elish, Shimon Adaf has created an unforgettable protagonist. A former philosophy student with a questing mind, born to Moroccan parents and raised in an outlying town, he is an eternal outsider in cosmopolitan Tel Aviv. Equally, One Mile and Two Days Before Sunset is a detective novel unlike any other: an incisive portrait of a man and a city, and a meditation on disappointment, on striving for beauty and for intensity of experience, and on the futile desire to truly know another person.

Publisher: Picador USA
Published: 08/02/2022
Pages: 336
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.98lbs
Size: 8.22h x 5.48w x 0.89d
ISBN: 9780374227036

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 06/27/2022
Booklist 08/01/2022 pg. 29

About the Author
Adaf, Shimon: - Shimon Adaf was born in Sderot, Israel, and now lives in Holon. A poet, novelist and musician, Adaf worked for several years as a literary editor at Keter Publishing House, and has also been a writer-in-residence at Iowa University. He leads the creative writing program and lectures on Hebrew literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Adaf received the Yehuda Amichai prize for Hebrew poetry (2009) for the collection Aviva-No, translated by Yael Segalovitz; the Sapir Prize (2013) for the novel Mox Nox, which won the 2020 Jewish National Book Award for new Israeli fiction for the translation by Philip Simpson; and the Newman Prize for Hebrew Literature (2017).

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