Ruby Namdar, author
Ruby Namdar was born and raised in Jerusalem to a family of Iranian-Jewish heritage. His first book, Haviv (2000) won The Ministry of Culture's Award for Best First Publication. His novel The Ruined House has won the Sapir Prize—Israel's most prestigious literary award. In The Ruined House, an elegant NYU professor at the peak of his powers is reduced to a quivering puddle by a violent, unsought, yearlong spiritual awakening. Jumping between New York of 2000 and the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, the novel presents a Jewish American tale, merging reality with myth, brutality with fragility.
Namdar currently lives in New York City with his wife and daughters.
“The Ruined House is a fascinating novel about the overwhelming presence of myth and historical trauma in our lives... this is a fiercely inventive novel.” — Amos Oz
“In The Ruined House a ‘small harmless modicum of vanity’ turns into an apocalyptic bonfire. Shot through with humor and mystery and insight, Ruby Namdar's wonderful first novel examines how the real and the unreal merge." —Colum McCann
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