NIV

NIV

$16.95

NIV by S.M. Itamar
2012, paperback


"NIV deals with issues which appear both contemporary (gay rights) and historical (the Armenian genocide), but it actually explores the timelessness of the human struggle to forge relationships. The basic massage is: Never be ashamed with your love, nothing can be bad if it comes out of love. Two stories unfold in two different times and at two different locations, finally merging as one, with a touch of the supernatural.

One is the story of a young gay artist in today's Tel Aviv, Israel who falls in love with the agent that gave him his first break. The straight agent is shaken by his attraction to the young artist in a modern society that still sits in judgment of gays and makes it difficult for them to openly express their attachments to a same sex partner.

The other story takes place in Azerbaijan on the brink of WWI where a Muslim young man and a Christian young woman try to honor their commitment to each other in the midst of a bloody encounter between Muslims and Christians which demonizes each in the eyes of the other's family and community.

These four characters are actually two, which in a bright moment meet and recognize their parallel struggles. Their meeting results in the closing of their karmic circle, allowing the present day characters to evolve.
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- Quote taken from askdavid.com : http://askdavid.com/reviews/book/gay-fiction/5035

On more than one occasion whilst reading this exquisitely rendered and sensitive book I was moved to shed a few tears. It’s no reflection on the capabilities of its author, therefore, that I confess to having a few unresolved problems with the structure of his first published novel. It helps to know that Itamar S.N is a young Israeli writer, musician and columnist living in Tel Aviv, where the contemporary part of his novel, Niv, is set. This part involves the story of a highly talented but as yet undiscovered artist, Erez, who is working in a bar to earn a shekel while he paints his large canvasses at the back of a friend’s workshop. Erez is 29 years old, gay but not actively so, preferring to give himself to his art. He does, however, have a close lesbian friend, Mickey, who is his muse and confidante. His life, though, is emotionally stunted, the main outlet for his affection seemingly being his two cats.

Read More at http://www.polarimagazine.com/bookreviews/niv-itamar-s-n/, Written by Tim Bennett-Goodman, Copyright © Polari Magazine
On more than one occasion whilst reading this exquisitely rendered and sensitive book I was moved to shed a few tears. It’s no reflection on the capabilities of its author, therefore, that I confess to having a few unresolved problems with the structure of his first published novel. It helps to know that Itamar S.N is a young Israeli writer, musician and columnist living in Tel Aviv, where the contemporary part of his novel, Niv, is set. This part involves the story of a highly talented but as yet undiscovered artist, Erez, who is working in a bar to earn a shekel while he paints his large canvasses at the back of a friend’s workshop.

Read More at http://www.polarimagazine.com/bookreviews/niv-itamar-s-n/, Written by Tim Bennett-Goodman, Copyright © Polari Magazine
On more than one occasion whilst reading this exquisitely rendered and sensitive book I was moved to shed a few tears. It’s no reflection on the capabilities of its author, therefore, that I confess to having a few unresolved problems with the structure of his first published novel. It helps to know that Itamar S.N is a young Israeli writer, musician and columnist living in Tel Aviv, where the contemporary part of his novel, Niv, is set. This part involves the story of a highly talented but as yet undiscovered artist, Erez, who is working in a bar to earn a shekel while he paints his large canvasses at the back of a friend’s workshop.

Read More at http://www.polarimagazine.com/bookreviews/niv-itamar-s-n/, Written by Tim Bennett-Goodman, Copyright © Polari Magazine