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The Golem and the Djinni
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The Golem and the Djinni (Hardback)

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Read our exclusive interview with Helene Wecker in which she talks about the enduring appeal of the mythical golem and the djinni, the joys of writing about bad behaviour and why New York seems to amplify loneliness.

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Read our interview with Helene, in which she talks about the enduring appeal of the mythical golem and the djinni, the joys of writing about bad behaviour and why New York seems to amplify loneliness.

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899. Ahmad is a djinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free - an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world. The Golem & The Djinni is their magical, unforgettable story; unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures - until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will soon bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication Date: 15/08/2013 ISBN-13: 9780007480173  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Helene Wecker grew up near Chicago, and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University in New York. Her work has been published in the online magazine Joyland, and she has read from her stories at the KGB Bar in New York and the Barbershop Reading Series in San Francisco. After a dozen years of moving around between both coasts and the Midwest, she now lives near San Francisco with her husband and daughter. The Golem and the Djinni is her first novel.

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Customer Reviews

This is a beautifully written book. An unusual love story I suppose, following the gradual awakening of the golem and the djinni. The world is richly imagined and the characters diverse and strong. It's a lovely sweep of a book that embraces you and carries you along with it. The only reason I give it four stars is that it's a little long in places. That aside, it really is well worth reading. The setting and the characters linger for a long time afterwards.

- 17/09/2013
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