The townsfolk of Motal, an isolated, godforsaken town in the Pale of Settlement, are shocked when Fanny Keismann - devoted wife, mother of five, and celebrated cheese-maker - leaves her home at two hours past midnight and vanishes into the night.
True, the husbands of Motal have been vanishing for years, but a wife and mother? Whoever heard of such a thing. What on earth possessed her?
Could it have anything to do with Fanny's missing brother-in-law, who left her sister almost a year ago and ran away to Minsk, abandoning his family to destitution and despair?
Or could Fanny have been lured away by Zizek Breshov, the mysterious ferryman on the Yaselda river, who, in a strange twist of events, seems to have disappeared on the same night?
Surely there can be no link between Fanny and the peculiar roadside murder on the way to Telekhany, which has left Colonel Piotr Novak, head of the Russian secret police, scratching his head. Surely a crime like that could have nothing to do with Fanny Keismann, however the people of Motal might mutter about her reputation as a wilde chayeh, a wild animal . . .
Translated from the Hebrew by Orr Scharf
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Number of pages: 528
Dimensions: 240 x 156 mm
An adventure story with few like it in modern Hebrew literature . . . a simply outstanding novel -- Yaron London * Walla *
A major novel that zigzags between characters and plots, between history and psychology, rooted in a brilliant narrative -- Gili Izikovich * Haaretz Gallery *
In The Slaughterman's Daughter, Iczkovits presents an original take on the historical novel which recreates - with a shrewd but affectionate look back at a lost world - Jewish life in the Russian empire at the end of the nineteenth century. The story's plot, characters, narrative style and the narrator's perspective are characterized by historical realism but also an element of fantasy. It is also worth noting the novel's brilliant insights, its winning humour, and especially the highly effective and readable blend of our vibrant, supple modern Hebrew and a distant, forgotten way of life. This is a novel of unquestionable uniqueness -- Dr. David Weinfeld, Dr. Shira Stav, Bilhah ben Eliyahu * Judges' Committee of the Agnon Prize *
This is a perfect, if rare, example of a contemporary Israeli narrative that is in living dialogue with the literary and historical past, drawing on it and constructing an utterly original, independent artistic structure on its foundations ... Iczkovits has created a sensual, richly vibrant Jewish world devoid of stereotypes, with flesh-and-blood characters to whom nothing human is foreign. There is no doubt. Iczkovits has pulled this off with wondrous success, yielding a virtuosic novel -- Professor Avner Holzman, Maya Sela, Amir Lev, Eldad Ziv, Netta Gurevitch * Judges' Committee of the Ramat Gan Prizze for Literary Excellence *
We should keep an eye on Iczkovits. He is an amazing, promising talent . . . who will be talked about for a long time to come -- Dorit Rabinyan * Time Out, on ADAM AND SOPHIE *
A major, dizzying novel * Haaretz, on ADAM AND SOPHIE *
The literary expectations raised by Yaniv Iczkovits' first novel have now been fulfilled in his second -- Yedioth Ahronoth, on ADAM AND SOPHIE
Iczkovits' talent is evident * Maariv, on ADAM AND SOPHIE *