Published 18 February 2010
Length 560 pages
ISBN 9781905559268 (ebook)
The Dove Flyer
Translated from Hebrew by Yael Lotan
The anguish of losing you homeland... A masterpiece of story telling
When his Uncle Hizkel is arrested, Kabi and his family face an uncertain future as do all Jews living in Baghdad. It is 1950 and each member of Kabi’s circle has a different dream: his mother wants to return to the Moslem quarter where she felt safer; his father wants to emigrate to Israel and grow rice there; Salim, his headmaster, wants Arabs and Jews to be equal, and Abu Edouard just wants to care for his beloved doves.
About Eli Amir
Eli Amir was born in Baghdad in 1937 and, with most of the Iraqi-Jewish community, left for Israel in 1950. His earlier novel The Dove Flyer was published in English in 2010 and was shortlisted for The Jewish Quarterly/Wingate Prize 2011.
A social activist, as well as a prize-winning author, Eli Amir said in Cairo on the Arabic publication of Yasmine: “How can there be peace without us knowing each other?”