When I Lived In Modern Times | Granta

  • Published: 06/01/2011
  • ISBN: 9781847082619
  • 129x20mm
  • 272 pages

When I Lived In Modern Times

Linda Grant

It is April 1946. Evelyn Sert, twenty years old, a hairdresser from Soho, sails for Palestine, where Jewish refugees and idealists are gathering from across Europe to start a new life in a brand-new country.

In the glittering, cosmopolitan, Bauhaus city of Tel Aviv, anything seems possible – the new self, new Jew, new woman are all feasible. Evelyn, adept at disguises, reinvents herself as the bleached-blonde Priscilla Jones. Immersed in a world of passionate idealism, she finds love, and with Johnny, her lover, finds herself at the heart of a very dangerous game.

Written with uncluttered economy, rich in quietly astute observation and underpinned by a rigorously searching investigation of its themes, this is a novel that both stimulates the mind and satisfies the heart

Sue Wilson, Scotland on Sunday

[Its] strength is that history is a living reality. This historical landscape is not a closed one, it resonates with unassuaged desires - the desire for authentic femininity, for authentic national identity - that still propel us today

Natasha Walter, Independent

... bursting with ideas: about idealism, the shattering of dreams and the struggle to belong

Ruth Gorb, Guardian

The Author

Linda Grant was born in Liverpool in February 1951, the child of Russian and Polish Jewish immigrants. She is the author of several works of non-fiction and four novels, including When I Lived in Modern Times, which won the 2000 Orange Prize for fiction. She lives in north London.

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