About this book
One Night, Markovitch
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen • Sondra SilverstonReader's Guide ↓
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin meets The Marrying of Chani Kaufman in this cinematic novel about the birth of Israel and the true story of the marriages of convenience that were arranged to smuggle Jewish women out of Nazi-occupied Europe.
On the eve of World War II, a ship bearing twenty young men sets sail from the Palestine Territory toward Europe. Eagerly awaiting them on the other side are twenty young women, whom the men have never met. They have been set up in arranged marriages to enable Jewish women to escape Nazi Germany and enter Palestine without being turned back by the British.
But when Yaacov Markovitch, a thoroughly unremarkable man, finds himself married to Bella Zeigerman, the most beautiful woman he has ever set eyes upon, things start to get complicated. Yaacov’s fake marriage is the beginning of a lifelong obsession, as he vows to make his beautiful bride, Bella, love him, despite her determination to break free. Their changing fortunes take them through war, upheaval, terrible secrets, tragedy, joy, and loss.
Vital, funny, and tender, One Night, Markovitch brilliantly fuses personal lives and epic history in an unforgettable story of endless, hopeless longing and the desperate search for love.
About the Creators
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen was born in Israel in 1982. She has written or co-written a number of screenplays and TV series and has produced short films that have been selected for film festivals in Israel and around the world. She has won the Gottlieb Prize for Young Screenwriters, and the Berlin Today Award for her short film Batman at the Checkpoint. One Night, Markovitch, her first novel, won the Sapir Prize for Debut Fiction.
Sondra Silverston is an acclaimed American translator who has lived in Israel since 1970. She has translated work by Amos Oz, Etgar Keret, Savyon Liebrecht, and Aharon Megged.