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By A.B. Yehoshua | Comments: ( 622 ) | Date: ( Mar 29, 2020 )

Mr Mani is a deeply affecting six generation family saga, extending from nineteenth century Greece and Poland to British occupied Palestine to German occupied Crete and ultimately to modern Israel The narrative moves through time and is told in five conversations about the Mani family It ends in Athens in 1848 with Avraham Mani s powerful tale about the death of his youMr Mani is a deeply affecting six generation family saga, extending from nineteenth century Greece and Poland to British occupied Palestine to German occupied Crete and ultimately to modern Israel The narrative moves through time and is told in five conversations about the Mani family It ends in Athens in 1848 with Avraham Mani s powerful tale about the death of his young son in Jerusalem A profoundly human novel, rich in drama, irony, and wit.


  • Title: Mr. Mani
  • Author: A.B. Yehoshua
  • ISBN: 9780156627696
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

A.B. Yehoshua

Abraham B Yehoshua is one of Israel s preeminent writers His novels include A Journey to the End of the Millenium, The Liberated Bride, and A Woman in Jerusalem, which was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2007 He lives in Haifa.



Comments Mr. Mani

  • Siv30

    הספר מורכב מ 5 שיחות בתקופות שונות של ההיסטוריה.שיחה ראשונה: הגר שילה משוחחת עם אמה יעל שלה על המפגש שלה עם מר מאני. הגר יתומה מאב, בת לקיבוצניקים וסטודנטית במכינה. כל השנים חייה בצל אמה שלה, היתמות ובחיפוש אחר אב, מנהלת רומאן עם אפרים מאני מרצה שלה במכינה האוניברסיטאית.אחרי חוד [...]


  • Yair Ben-Zvi

    At this point I don't know if it's masochism, optimism, or just insanity, but I just keep reading Yehoshua, an Israeli author whose view on Diaspora Jews and own sense of entitlement and arrogance are borderline self parody, hoping to find something worthwhile.In the last book of his I read 'A Woman in Jerusalem' this search, for the most part, paid off. That book was a mostly subtle and understated work of skill and authorial poise, dancing more times than not gracefully between the realms of s [...]


  • Jim Leffert

    In an article that appeared in the Summer, 2013 issue of The Jewish Review of Books, Alan Mintz suggests that to get a true understanding of A.B. Yehoshua’s newly published novel, The Retrospective, one has to have read Yehoshua’s celebrated novel from 1992, Mr. Mani. Mintz suggests that these two books, together with Yehoshua’s wonderful novel, A Journey to the End of the Millenium, comprise a trilogy about the Sephardic experience. Since I found The Retrospective to be rewarding but also [...]


  • Judith Hannan

    The back cover of Mr. Mani describes it as six-generation family saga. That is true, but the form in which A.B. Yehoshua tells this story is so intimate that the reader never becomes overwhelmed by the history and instead becomes deeply immersed in the characters. What Yehosua does is tell the stories of the Mani family through a series of one-sided conversations. Most of these conversations are narrated by people outside of the Mani family but who intreact with them in some fashion. In this way [...]


  • anna

    One of the best works of historical fiction I've ever encountered. The book is narrated by five characters from five different generations, in a dialogue Yehoshua gives us the words of only one of the interlocutors forcing the reader to imagine the response of the second interlocutor. The book starts in the present day and makes its way to over a hundred years ago. A brilliant work, which i am still thinking about six or seven years later.


  • Shira Reiss

    I was very anxious to read this book but was very disappointed. Many of my Israeli friends told me that it was a fantastic book in Hebrew; his use of vocabulary, etc. Maybe it was the translator was not able to translate the book in the same manner as it was in Hebrew? Others in my book group agreed that they had trouble getting through it and that it was difficult to follow.


  • Jan Němec

    Když izraelský spisovatel Avraham B. Jehošua navštívil Prahu, zdejší židovskou obec patrně nepotěšilo, že byl připomenut také jeho ostrý, a snad nespravedlivý výrok o judaismu v diaspoře. Ten se podle Jehošuy podobá masturbaci: lze sice chodit v Praze do synagogy a číst náboženské texty, ale až v Gaze začíná konfrontace se skutečnou situací židovského národa. Musíte se například rozhodnout, jestli budete střílet na civilisty, abyste zachránili své děti, [...]


  • Habemus_apicellam

    Israele in 5 dialoghi - o 5 monologhi?…. Libro affascinante e vertiginoso: una sfida impossible per Yehoshua - 5 dialoghi che coprono i momenti storici più pregnanti di Israele e del popolo ebreo dall'Ottocento agli anni Settanta, ma dei dialoghi leggiamo solo la voce di uno dei due personaggi e dobbiamo ricostruirci da soli risposte e reazioni del "dialogante silente". Una lettura non agevole, complessa e per certi versi oscura, in cui emerge la figura del "Signor Mani", un ebreo che lascia [...]


  • Bep

    Grandioos epos, zich uitstrekkend over 5 generaties van een sefardisch joodse familie. Weergegeven in 5 gesprekken, waarvan telkens slechts 1 van de gesprekspartners aan het woord is, chronologisch teruggaand. Een unieke romanvorm, waarin de familie Mani altijd onderwerp, maar nooit spreker is. Elk gesprek wordt voorafgegaan door uitvoerige biografische gegevens van beide gesprekspartners. Elk gesprek vormt zo in feite een complete roman met een eigen hoofdpersoon, verhaals- en karakterontwikkel [...]


  • Jennifer Smith

    One of the best books I have ever read.


  • Molinos

    La historia de la familia Maní se organiza sobre cinco diálogos que van de delante atrás en el tiempo; el primer transcurre en los años 80 y el último en 1848. Cadaa uno sucede en una ciudad distinta y está protagonizado por personajes muy diferentes, a todos los une que a través de sus palabras rastreamos la historia de la familia Mani. Esta estructura narrativa exige al lector un esfuerzo para ir siguiendo el hilo entre un diálogo y otro, para recordar los detalles y a la vez meterse e [...]


  • Gauss74

    In cinque dialoghi, di cui viene con una ardita ellissi tagliata la parte di uno dei due colloquianti, viene raccontata in questo capolavoro la storia di due secoli di una famiglia ebrea, che si dipana per otto generazioni. Due secoli lunghi e terribili, che cambieranno il mondo molto di più di quanto ha fatto il millennio precedente, e dei quali nel bene e nel male il popolo ebraico sarà profondo protagonista: insieme con le sue tradizioni, il suo modo di vedere la vita ed il mondo, la sua id [...]


  • Alessandra Buzzi

    Per me un nuovo autore scoperto grazie a un gradito regalo. Yehoshua credo che inizierà ad essere presente nella mia libreria.L'epopea di una famiglia, cento anni di storia, cinque generazioni in cinque dialoghi, dove è presente una sola delle due voci. Una bella scrittura e interessanti spunti sulla cultura ebraica.


  • Jonathan Widell

    The book uses a series of innovative narration techniques, not just for the sake of innovating, as some postmodern novels do. Rather, the purpose is to relate something that could not be related by other means. Mr. Mani is something of a shorthand for six generations of men in the Mani family. We never get to know any of them directly. Instead, they are relayed to us through five different conversations between people who knew them. Even then, the conversations are truncated in the sense that we [...]


  • L. King

    Interesting literary experimentYehoshua tells the story of 6 generations in reverse historical order using the interesting technique of reporting conversations but with only one side of the conversation recorded. Like other readers I found this style a bit infuriating at first and I was about to put the book down several times except the author then introduces some other interesting and yes, gossipy, detail and I felt compelled to carry on.Of the various Mr. Manis described I found the middle se [...]


  • Pamela

    Certainly a different kind of reading experience. Mr. Mani consists of five conversations taking place over a span of 130-some years, of which we hear only one side each time. Each conversation relates in some way to the Sephardic Jewish Mani family. The first is between a twenty-year-old woman and her mother, a kibbutz worker, about the daughter's relationship with a young soldier, Efrayim Mani, by whom she may be pregnant. Each subsequent conversation takes place earlier in time, until we reac [...]


  • Toto

    I'll give him, A.B. Yehoshua, the novelty of the structure here, in each chapter a character 'conversing' with a mute party about a guy named Mani in a regressive manner, from contemporary times to the 18th century. But. And here are my buts:1. The members of the Mani family are "Zelig" like creatures appearing in important historical moments in Jewish history. A conceit I found to be too artificial to be sustained in 5 generations. 2. No one converses like this. In some sections, characters are [...]


  • Jennifer S. Brown

    I'm blown away that a novel in an experimental form could be such a complete story, but this book--despite consisting of five one-sided conversations--paints a fascinating and cohesive picture of five generations of the Mani family. I'm not sure how, but this book was both easy to read and at times weighed down, but taken as a whole, the story of the Sephardic Mani family captures a segment of Israel as I've never read about before. I found the earlier, more modern-day chapters the easiest and t [...]


  • Nancy

    Mr. Mani / A. B. Yehoshua. This Israeli author is one of a relatively small group of writers I read because of the writer, rather than the particular book. He joins, among others, Wallace Stegner, John Le Carré, Brian Morton, Hilary Mantel, and William Maxwell. Yehoshua is a stylistic stretch for me; he’s about as unconventional as I can manage. This novel is composed of five conversations, each of a different generational period and the chronology is reversed, the most recent conversation th [...]


  • Aurora

    Best of 2016Il miglior libro che ho letto in questo 2016; unico letto su consiglio di un amico e forse il primo consigliato che mi sia piaciuto così tanto. Non avevo mai letto niente del l'autore ma ora sono determinata a approfondire. Il secondo dialogo è decisamente il mio preferito, sono tutti molto belli ma per gusti personali uno o due dialoghi risulteranno i più appassionanti per ogni lettore. Il dialogo con un solo interlocutore riportato era per me una novità che mi ha incuriosito e [...]


  • Corn14853

    This book takes the reader on an interesting journey with the Mani family across several generations. From the most recent Mani men to the progenitor of the family in the previous century. Four of the conversations are with non-Manis, who tell their contemporaries about interacting with Manis, and the fifth one is a conversation between Mani and his rabbi and rabbis wife.The real journey is around the central idea of identity and relationships. The form is also very interesting - you get to read [...]


  • Ted

    What I didn't realize in reading two other A. B. Yehoshua books (Journey to the End of the Millennium and The Liberated Bride) is how tied to his own biography or family biography his books are. Mr. Mani, as historical fiction, presents Yehoshua's unique perspective on the Sephardic Jewish / Israeli experience in five snapshots over a century and a half. Not coincidentally, this mirrors to a certain extent his own reality as a fifth generation Sephardic Israeli. Although I appreciate the creativ [...]


  • Elizabeth

    This book was incredibly exhausting but brilliant. It was exhausting because so much of it was written as a series of conversations between two parties with one part of the conversation absent. The reader had to do a lot of work to fill in the missing dialogue! But partly because of this stylistic conceit, the main characters are very passionate, almost fevered. There is clearly something about interaction with the various generations of Mani men that cause people to become slightly unhinged. It [...]


  • Morgan Christopher

    In all fairness I read sixty pages and tossed in my reading towel. This is not an insult to the writer. He is a very very good writer. It was the stylized approach he opted to write this family story in which became tedious for me. As a playwright, my brain wanted to flush out the missing parts of the dialogue. Reading for me is a relaxation and an escape. I couldn't turn the creative part of my brain off and so I gave up. I would recommend giving it a shot. My decision to put the book down was [...]


  • Hermien

    A challenging book. Yehoshua has chosen an interesting means of telling the stories of several generations of Mr Mani's. Each section consists of a fractured dialogue; one character speaks, the other is mute. Yet as the speaker stops and shifts to reply to words we do not hear but infer, we get a picture of the silent one. The stories are told in reverse order. It is not easy, but fascinating, especially the historical background.


  • Roz Klaiman

    Fascinating concept but couldn't get past 2nd part - very difficult and to some extent improbable - no male can possibly understand or describe what a woman feel and goes through during pregnancy and delivery - yet that is how the book starts and so it continued - improbable but author has an amazing imagination in my opinion. Lots of positive reviews - some views like mine - if you want to read, heck reviews.


  • Toni

    this is an amazing book because for the most part it is written from the point of view of many conversations over time. but the reader is only privy to one side of the conversation whether it is a telephone conversation of a girl talking to her mother, or a letter that a soldier is reading from his family. there is a short introduction to each chapter and then the one-sided conversation. the author is a master.


  • Elalma

    Mi affascina toccando i temi che mi interessano maggiormente. La pace, intesa come fondamenta di una cultura, la ricerca della propria identità senza disprezzare quella degli altri, ma cercando anzi quella matrice comune che ci unisce nei secoli. Il tutto ambientato nei paesi intorno all'"utero azzurro e puro" come Yehoshua definisce il Mediterraneo, l'origine di quella civiltà, che "non conosce né senso di colpa né paura", quella che abbiamo perduto.


  • Alexander

    I read this book for my comparative literature class. It was a very entertaining novel about the Mani family. The Manis are a clan of Sephardic Jews. The novel is told backward through six generations of the Mani family by different frame narrators' one-sided conversations (the other half is missing). The main theme brought up by this novel is where does one's identity come from.


  • Francesca Nevis

    Il romanzo è articolato in cinque dialoghi, o meglio monologhi visto che la presenza dell’interlocutore il lettore può solo intuirla, e si sviluppa in epoche e ambientazioni diverse e ognuno dei protagonisti ha avuto a che fare con un componente della famiglia Mani la cui storia generazionale è qui raccontataiamabililibri/2015/10/2


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