Taking its imagery from the legend of the ten tribes of Israel exiled by the Assyrians and lost to the pages of history beyond the River Sambatyon, Tales of the Ten Lost Tribes follows the life-journey of a wandering narrator who encounters a series of displaced persons: the uncle whose endless travels seem romantic but are in fact a camouflage for a life of failure and malaise; the professor whose mastery of many languages can never assuage the anguish of his lost mother tongue; the girl student who may literally be invisible; the young man who spends his night hours obsessively writing and rewriting the slim volume he can never finish. With each encounter the narrator inevitably moves on, dreaming of home, unable to resist the lure of the world's labyrinth…
Deeply melancholy with a streak of dark humour, Tales of the Ten Lost Tribes examines the heart of human longing, and asks the question: Where do we belong?
About the Author
Tamar Yellin was born in the north of England. Her father was a third generation Jerusalemite and her mother the daughter of a Polish immigrant. She began writing fiction at an early age, and the creative tension between her Jewish heritage and her Yorkshire roots has informed much of her work. She received the Pusey and Ellerton Prize for Biblical Hebrew from Oxford University, and has worked as a teacher and lecturer in Judaism. Her first novel, The Genizah at the House of Shepher, appeared from The Toby Press in 2005 and was awarded the Sami Rohr Prize, the Ribalow Prize and was shortlisted for the Wingate Prize. Her collection, Kafka in Bronteland and other stories, appeared from Toby in 2006 and was awarded the Reform Judaism Prize, being also longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Tamar Yellin lives in Yorkshire.
The Critics Praise:
"Each mournful, startling portrait proves that award-winning Yellin is a stylist to watch." Publishers Weekly
"Yellin brilliantly captures mood in time and place; her stories are true gems." Library Journal