The Slaughterman's Daughter

The Slaughterman's Daughter

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 22/03/2021
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"Boundless imagination and a vibrant style . . . a heroine of unforgettable grit" DAVID GROSSMAN
"A story of great beauty and surprise" GARY SHTEYNGART

The townsfolk of Motal, an isolated, godforsaken town in the Pale of Settlement, are shocked when Fanny Keismann - devoted wife, mother of five, and celebrated cheese-maker - leaves her home at two hours past midnight and vanishes into the night.

True, the husbands of Motal have been vanishing for years, but a wife and mother? Whoever heard of such a thing. What on earth possessed her?

Could it have anything to do with Fanny's missing brother-in-law, who left her sister almost a year ago and ran away to Minsk, abandoning their family to destitution and despair?

Or could Fanny have been lured away by Zizek Breshov, the mysterious ferryman on the Yaselda river, who, in a strange twist of events, seems to have disappeared on the same night?

Surely there can be no link between Fanny and the peculiar roadside murder on the way to Minsk, which has left Colonel Piotr Novak, head of the Russian secret police, scratching his head. Surely a crime like that could have nothing to do with Fanny Keismann, however the people of Motal might mutter about her reputation as a vilde chaya, a wild animal . . .

Surely not.

Translated from the Hebrew by Orr Scharf

  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780857058300
  • Number of pages: 528
  • Weight: 360g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 36 mm

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The Slaughterman's Daughter
Feminist knight's quest
This book is a multi perspective quest novel, that follows the eponymous Fanny Speissman who tells herself she's setting out to find her sister's wayward h... READ MORE
vansa David
The Slaughterman's Daughter
Compelling Historical Fiction
The Slaughterman’s Daughter by Yaniv Iczkovits, translated from Hebrew by Orr Scharff is a rich tapestry of a novel in which each character forms the colou... READ MORE
Lily Greenaway
The Slaughterman's Daughter
Really hard to get into
I really wanted to like this book but I found it really hard to get into. "The Slaughterman's Daughter" by Yaniv Iczkovits had my interest at about 20% of ... READ MORE
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The Slaughterman's Daughter
Epic in every sense ❤️
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The Slaughterman's Daughter
Didn't Live up to its Title
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