Shifra Horn

Shifra Horn

@The Source Israel heard Israeli author
Shifra Horn speak about her new book Fairest Among Women, during the
recent Greater Washington JCC Book Fair. Ms. Horn was introduced by Arnona
Shir-On, Director of Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Israel, which sponsored
the event. Although Horn now lives in New Zealand when it is winter in Israel,
so that she can have sun and warmth year round, the magic of Jerusalem is
a focus of her works. Horn describes the city as magical. “Jerusalem is a
city that you know although you have never been there. In Jerusalem, imagination
and reality mingle closely — it’s like living in a surreal bubble. The Holy
Spirit lives in Jerusalem and no one can be indifferent — you either love
it passionately or hate it equally.”

Horn’s parents were communists when
she was growing up in Jerusalem during the 1950s which made life difficult
during that period. Luckily, she also had three grandmothers who told her
stories about their lives and these stories are still a source of inspiration
to her. Fairest Among Women is a surreal story about three mythical
women anchored in a real time and place (Jerusalem during the late 1940s and
1950s). Horn said that readers come up to her and ask her about the women
in the book — forgetting or not realizing that the book is a work of fiction.
Actually, Horn admitted that even she forgets this from time to time and rereads
her own books to savor and visit with the imaginary characters. A delightful
and engaging speaker, Shifra Horn’s works are a “must-read” for anyone interested
in current Israeli fiction.

Text by
D. Rosenbloom.

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