A Tale of a Ring
by Ilan Sheinfeld
About the Book:
[taken from the website]
The novel, A Tale of A Ring records the memories of Esperansa Gantz, a Jewish prostitute living in Buenos Aires.
The novel blends magic and history, passion and obsession into a rich and compelling book dealing with the tension between personal and collective memory.
In 1870-1930, an organisation of Jewish pimps called Tzvi Migdal persuaded Jewish families in Poland and Lithuania to entrust them with their daughters, promising to find them Jewish husbands or domestic work in Jewish homes in Buenos Aires. The girls fell victim to a vicious and sophisticated network of pimps that, in collaboration with the police and the government, enslaved them for the rest of their lives.
The Jewish community fought with all their might against this phenomenon, naming the pimps and their partners Las Impuros (The Unclean). When the organization was shut down, they also did their best to erase the entire affair from the collective memory.
The novel became a best sellet in Israel since its publication date (Keter, 2007) and sold more than 80,000 copies in print.
It is the third novel by the prolific poet, playwright and novelist Ilan Sheinfeld.
About the Author:
[taken from website]
Ilan Sheinfeld (1960) is a Hebrew writer and editor and a proud single father of twins. He graduated for his M.A degree in Hebrew Literature in Tel Aviv University, and founded and edited the literary magazine “Shufra” (19846). He has published eight collections of poetry, four novels, three plays, two books for writers and five children’s books. Three of his plays were staged. Hewas awarded the Prime minister’s Prize for Literature twice, in 1990 and in 2015. Ilan Sheinfeld was a coliterary editor of Al Hamishmar daily newspaper (19811990) and the spokesman for The Cameri Theater of Tel Aviv (19901992). Between 19922014 he owned and managed a Public Relations firm which was reputed for promoting Israeli culture and nonprofit organizations.
llan Sheinfeld is known as a gay activist, and is one of the first Israeli gay that come out of the closet. Between 19921995 he founded and directed, at his residence, the first Hebrew workshop for gay writers. In 1998 he founded the first gay Hebrew publishing house, “Shufra”. In 2000 he has founded the gay Cafe and bookstore, “Cafe Theo”, which suffered of homophobic attacks by neighbors and was closed in 2002.
Ilan Sheinfeld lost his first mate, the painter Saar Efroni, in 1986, after a severe attack of Periodical Paralysis. He has been married for ten years to his second mate, the worldknown photographer Adi Nes. He now lives with his twin boys, whom he bore by the aid of a surrogate mother in India.
Nowadays, Ilan teaches writing in The Open University of Tel Aviv, and spend most of his time in parenting and writing.
To learn more about him and his past click here!
Can i just say wow! I can’t even begin to describe how I am feeling right now. You hear about corruption and crimes going on around the world but to read about it & know this in fact happened is just mind blowing. It took me a while to get thru it, not because it wasn’t good, because thats not the case at all, but because when you hear about this kind of stuff and then read about it it’s a complete eye opener. To know that this can and does happen. This book was beautifully written and well worth the read! It hit a spot within me and touched me in ways that many books haven’t. I would recommend this book without a second thought!
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