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Hagar Doron's
debut The
novel

Jewish Bride

will be one of many firstbooks on sale at National Book Week

By

BARRY

DAVIS

which

she says feeds off the highest and lowest forms of energy, and few between. "There is an erotic passage toward the end of the book, which some peoplelike
and
some

don't.
on

believe

we

should that

strive to attain
we

but spiritual heights,

are

also here
is

Earth, to number

experience

lower
whose
at the

too," physical things,
one

Doron

of

she says. of authors among Week
the

first literary fruitsare

avalanche

of books
the

that will be on Book

sale
sites

annual fact that

Hebrew

up and down
The

countrythis month. The JewishBride actually
to

down happened is partly and, had
the author

serendipity
to take

decided

to goldenopportunity studyabroad, she would probably never have set fingers to But, as veteran Indian musikeyboard. cian Krishnamurti Sridhar once wisely noteci, things alwayshappen when they
are

meant

to.

today PhD student of histoUniversitywas originally full studyand livingrant to offered g take doctoral degree Trinity ollege at C
Doron

ry at Tel Aviv

in

Dublin, the

same

institution where
But degree. her to be heftier proved

she bond

completed
with

master's

Tel Aviv
not

than the

of pull the

Emerald
to

Isle.
the

"I decided

take

grant

because
have
meant

realized that would

time, and

Tel Aviv, the

to live in she says. "This is an amazing with such fantastic energies. This is city

abroad living feelthe need really

probably for long

where place
to

feel at home."
it at the time, but
move

She didn't know

by

decidingnot

to

Ireland, she free,

floodgates. opened her writing 1"suddenly have few months
and
sat just

down

to write the book,"

"It she explains. wasn't premeditated. It all just flowed out. It wasn't difficult." It paid off: Modan, one of the counhouses, quickly l try'seading publishing Bride. picked The Jewish up

The book contains
Its titlealludes to

numerous

subtexts.

famous

painting by

Rembrandt; the heroine

of the

story,

The

creation of

work

of art, she says,

baby." name in Tel Aviv;and the book cites the "There is... somethingabout this book that incorporates Dutch artist's work. The central characconnection between ter's family creation and passion name references her strong and emotion," she connection with the sea, as well as "This is not just matter of explains. called Ze'ev of real-life sexual desires,but also of creating somecouple pioneers and Miri Hayam. The latter were close thingnew." friends of Doron's tough-as-nails The author says she had grandgood idea father, Granddad Grisha, who features her initialwriting would end escapade in bona-fide published volume. strongly the book. up as and to her "I was True to her historicalbent and wasn't surprised," she salutes the familial loyalties Doron states. "You know, it'slike all parents think their child is the greatest, and pioneer generation in several ways, in her use of Hebrew. For had about my baby, including good feeling my instance, she calls the preface to the book." book "Introduktzia," rather than the Still, she is appreciative: always "It's more "meva" or "hakwonderful when feeling you come commonplace up damn." with an idea, and produce something, "That is sort of pioneer jargon that it takes on tanwhich existence in the represents gible the Russian roots world, particularly in that run this highlycapitalist through the book," explains and reality tough the author, adding world where you that while she based can't take anything the central character for granted." on herself,and some That "highly capiof the other figures talist is also reality" who people her work the subject of feed off real lifecharpetition rgingthe u acters, The Culture Ministry to Jewish Bride is not autobioban large discounts on books that eat graphical. "No, it is autoficinto authors' profits, tion/' she says. "Of although course take certain Doron is just glad
from my own life, as any artist does, not but itis definitely
material
one-on-one

HagarHayam,

lives on

the street of that

is "like making

her efforts have been published. "I fully understand that
can an

account

of
bud-

my

own

life."
writer, writer,
or

author

feel
that

Many ding
dream from urban
muse

frustrated
he such
or

might

she

gets
small of

of

the

taking break of hurly-burly
find their

percentage
the sale

life to
in, for
in

priceof

their book,

but

feel

location Not
Doron

in pastoral that we have to do everything our example, some verdant Ireland. to get books to the public," she classically power

says. "I
to place write in," an inspiring place.

am

not

certain

that's it'ssuch

Tel Aviv is the best she asserts. "It'ssuch

bad

thing that peoplecan buy several books for relatively reasonable price.
remember,
as

All you need
start

to do isopen

your eyes and
she will

teenager, books
am

were

writing."
to be seen

very
whether

expensive,so
to make

not

sure

it's
more

It remains

totally wrong
accessible to
the

literature

in Tel Aviv, after tome churn out tome at least,her first is but for now, offering

people. Anyway, am at beginning of my literary career, so it'sdifficult for me to judge doingwell. She will, no doubt, be busy signing other writers' standpoint this." on One thingis for sure: To date, the pubcopies of her books in Rabin Square on lie's on next week, but she is also getting standpoint The JewishBride has been highly with her life. favorable
very

"The trick is to try to find the symand Hebrew Book Week willtake phiceutie -6 allthe sides of life, j allover the country, in to see how theyfitin with each other," includingTelAviv tried to do she observes. "That is what Bell (Rabin Square),erusalem(Liberty J Arts with the book, to address the corporeal Garden), Beersheba (Performing
biosis between

and the
to do ."

too, spiritual,

and

to maintain
we

balance.

think that's what

all try

Center), KfarSaba (municipal square next to Arim Shopping Mall) and Modi'in (outside Heichal Hatarbut (.

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