The audiobook edition of Maror is out now, published by W.F. Howes and narrated by Levi Goldmeier. You can get it on CD, or as a download from Audible/Amazon.
Maror was an Economist, Guardian and Jewish Chronicle Best Books of 2022 selection.
A multi-generational saga with cultural and political depth, drawing on the rich, often troubling recent history of Israel, for fans of A History of Seven Killings or The White Tiger.
How do you build a nation?
It takes statesmen and soldiers, farmers and factory workers, of course. But it also takes thieves, prostitutes and policemen.
Nation-building demands sacrifice. And one man knows exactly where those bodies are buried: Cohen, a man who loves his country. A reasonable man for unreasonable times.
A car bomb in the back streets of Tel Aviv. A diamond robbery in Haifa. Civil war in Lebanon. Rebel fighters in the Colombian jungle. A double murder in Los Angeles.
How do they all connect? Only Cohen knows.
Maror is the story of a war for a country’s soul – a dazzling spread of narrative gunshots across four decades and three continents.
It is a true story. All of these things happened.
‘Some write in ink, others in song, Tidhar writes in fire… Maror is a kaleidoscopic masterpiece, immense in its sympathies, alarming in its irreverences and altogether exhilarating’ Junot Díaz
‘One of the boldest, most visionary writers I’ve ever read creates both a vivid political exploration and a riveting crime epic. It’s like the Jewish Godfather!’ Silvia Moreno-Garcia
“I’ve rarely read such a sustained feat of narrative invention and momentum. The novel’s a masterpiece.” – Tim Pears
“Maror blends the page-turning wit of a hard-boiled detective noir with the stirring intrigue of a multi-national political epic. An ambitious achievement that weaves a tapestry of both story and statement.” – Kevin Jared Hosein
“Maror is a masterpiece of the sacred and the profane … a literary triumph.” – The Guardian
“A bloody beast of a book… Maror is to Israeli history what Tarantino is to American movie culture” – The Daily Mail
“[A] wildly ambitious saga… A caustic alternative history of the dream and development of Israel.” – The Economist
“Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness… Fade[s] into oblivion compared with Lavie Tidhar’s magnificent novel Maror, a panoramic look at four decades of the dark, despicable side of Israel, of death, corruption, violence and drugs… It’s a brilliant undertaking.” – The Jewish Chronicle
“Mixing dark humor with bleak violence, Maror is a triumph.” – Hadassah Magazine