Stephan Mendel-Enk: Oh Sweden! Oh Israel!
Around the time of Jacob’s bar mitzvah, his mother leaves his father for another man, a Swedish goy. It’s 1987, the first Intifada is about to break out in Israel, and the Jews of Gothenburg are under a certain amount of strain. Stephan Mendel-Enk came to Jewish Book Week to present his acclaimed first novel, a portrait by turns comic and tragic of a family going through divorce and the divided loyalties of Diaspora Jewish life.
“Mendel-Enk is brilliant in his humorous, devastating and loving depiction of Jewish life in the Diaspora… It shifts from being zany -– so that one laughs out loud –- to being truly serious and emotional” Bokaktuellt
“A brilliant, funny, touching and sad story with many compassionate portraits of people living their lives with their hearts somewhere else.” Aftonbladet
Jeremy Gavron is the author of two non-fiction books and three novels, including The Book of Israel, winner of the Encore Award, and An Acre of Barren Ground. A former foreign correspondent in Africa and India, he now lives in London and teaches at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina.
Stephan Mendel-Enk was born in 1974 and raised in Gothenburg, Sweden. With a background in journalism, he has written for the esteemed soccer journal Offside, contributed to Sweden\'s largest daily, Dagens Nyheter, and worked for National Swedish Radio. In 2004, Mendel-Enk published the highly praised reportage With an Obvious Sense of Style, an examination of masculinity and violence. Oh Sweden! Oh Israel! is his much-anticipated fiction debut, published in the UK in March 2013.