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.
The Dove Flyer has also been dramatised as a feature length film directed by Nissim Dayan. Watch the trailer here.
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?”
'It is not often that reading a novel becomes a tactile experience... an evocative and sensitive read.'
The Dove Flyer is now on the shortlist for the JQ Wingate prize - see the shortlist here
The Dove Flyer has been longlisted for the JQ Wingate Prize.
As part of Refugee Week 2010, Eli Amir talked about his book and his experiences as an exile at an event in Waterstones bookshop in Islington. After the event, Andrea Rangecroft interviewed Eli Amir for Refugee Week Radio.
Eli Amir speaks at
World Literature Weekend 2010, Saturday 19 June
Read the Jewish Chronicle interview with Eli Amir; the 'Iraqi voice that is increasing in volume'