My Russian Grandmother And Her American Vacuum Cleaner
by Meir Shalev
Editor: Schocken Books
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From the author of the bestselling novel A Pigeon and a Boy comes a charming tale of family ties, over-the-top household, and the sport of telling stories in and nahalal and, the village of Meir Shalev from birthHere we meet Shalev’s incredible grandmother Tonia, who arrived in Palestine by boat from Russia in 1923 and lived in a constant state of battle with what she considers the family of the greatest enemy in their new country: dirtGrandma Tonia has never seen without a rag over her shoulderShe’s had visitors outside.She allowed only the most privileged guests invited to enter her spot of the houseHilarious and touching, grandmother Tonia and her settlement will richly come to life in a tale that makes the round of arrival in the dusty agricultural middle of the great, brilliant American sweeper sent as a gift from Grand Uncle Yeshayahu (he who had scandalously emigrated to the sinful capitalist sky of Los Angeles)America, to little Meir and his ancestors, has been a land of hedonism and enchanting progress; of attempting luxury, dangerous, musical, and degenerate chewing gum; and of women having painted the nailsThe street sweeper, a ruse weapon of Grandpa Aharon’s American brother intended to deceive the socialist housekeeper with a little ease, was symbolic of the conflicts and visions of the family in all fieldsThe fate of Tonia “svieeperrr”–hidden for decades in a closed spot, bathroom after its first use, is a family of mystery that Shalev determines to solveThe result, in this joyful translation by Evan Fallenberg, is a pure happiness, as Shalev brings to life obsession but love Tonia, one of the pioneers who gave his childhood, his spirit of wonder, and the sand, and humor of people who always build new livesStarting from the Hardcover edition
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