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Eilat
by Luna Tarlo

Novel

This is the story of an American woman, Helen, who is traveling alone in 1965 to the port of Eilat situated at the southernmost tip of Israel on the Gulf of Akaba. Though married, she has encounters with two men, one a Christian Jew from Iran, who tries clumsily to make love to her and whom she rejects, and another, Uri, an Israeli engineer who fascinates her because of his aura of remoteness and mystery.

Arid, alien, harshly beautiful, barely populated, the landscape is an all-pervading primordial presence throughout the book. Powerful shifting images of the ferocious sun, the mountains, the heavy stars at night, the brilliantly transparent water, the untrammeled coral reefs, the empty stone beach, even the shabby hotel and the lone nightclub mask and disclose the changing states of Helen’s consciousness.

This novel is not the Israel of politics and religion. It is the Israel of the desert that borders the Red Sea, awesome and primitive in 1965, as one might imagine it has always been.

 

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Luna Tarlo is the author of the memoir, “The Mother of God,” published by Plover Press. She has been interviewed by numerous regional and national radio and television shows to talk about “The Mother of God,” including New York & Company, WNYC, hosted by Lenny Lopate and Talk Back, WBAI, hosted by Trish Lee. Her short fiction has appeared in Skidrow Penthouse; Passager, and other literary journals. Her play “Acrobatics,” was produced off-Broadway in New York at the American Place Theater and was published by the Performing Arts Journal. Born in England and raised in Montreal, Canada, she now lives in New York City..  
 
 

 

 
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