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Israeli Authors: Yirmi Pinkus
January 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Each month from December through June, we will read and discuss a book that is related to BJ’s “Race and Us” initiative from the perspective of the land of Israel. In addition to novels, we also dip into some short stories and a graphic novel. With an expertise in Jewish literature and history, respectively, Jennifer and Carole are excited to revive their facilitation of this incredible group.
We will create an arc of related themes to dissect over the course of the year, but you are welcome to join us for one or all sessions.
Yirmi Pinkus is an associate professor at the Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art graduate in Ramat Gan, Israel. In 2014, he received the Israel Museum award for the best illustrated picture book of the year.
Registration is essential—registration closes 5:00PM the day before.
About the book
As they do every year, Yosef Zinman, a well-to-do Tel Aviv grocer, and his beloved wife Zippi plan a vacation during the holiday of Sukkot to Seefeld in the mountainous Tirols region of Austria. This year, Zippi decides to invite her sister, who has fallen on hard times with a failing perfumery business. Soon, more and more relatives join in on the trip, and the expenses quickly begin to add up. To gather all the funds needed, the family goes into the business of inexpensive clothing and fashion shows for workers’ unions. The summer promises handsome revenues, but as the Zinman family nears their goal, they become increasingly vexed by their competing interests.
A tragic-comic novel in its essence, Petty Business chronicles a year in one family’s life, set against the backdrop of Tel Aviv’s rapidly changing global economy in the early 1990s. Pinkus’s biting critique of Tel Aviv’s provincial character and its residents’ shtetl mentality is delivered with a perfect combination of wit, humor, and tender pathos