Review in 10 words: Story telling at its best. Unique prose meets rich imagery. 5/5
The Slaughterman’s Daughter by Yaniv Iczkovits follows Fanny Keissman- A devoted wife and mother who leaves her house mysteriously in the middle of the night.
This story is complex and I could not guess which way we were turning page to page.
“When the hen starts crowing like a rooster, it’s time to take her to the slaughterhouse.”
I was overdue for a knock-my-socks-off historical epic.
You just need to read it for yourself- Tarantino meets “Fiddler on the Roof.” Enough said.
The Slaughterman’s Daughter was originally written in Hebrew and has been translated by Orr Scharf. It was a read that required commitment (in the way all great epics do) that was well worth the payoff.
It is set in the Pale of Settlement after the Crimean War. Yaniv mentions he gained great insights from staff at Tel Aviv University relating to Jewish History and I really enjoyed how he immersed us in this world. It was humourous, heartbreaking and immaculately written. My favourite characters were Fanny and Novak!
If I take anything from this read it is that it has enlightened me of a culture and time different from my own.
The author’s prose was enchanting and this novel is a fine example of story telling at its best.
Thank you to Netgalley and Qercus Books for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.