A riveting, monumental novel about the life of the brother of Jesus Christ—hypnotic in its power and imagery, awesome in its conception and dramatic invention. Brothers is the story of one of the most evil yet fascinating characters in modern fiction—a man whose lust for power knows no bounds, and it is about the force for betrayal—the Judas—in every person. Brothers relates, in the first person, the ruthless story of a man who has purposefully killed off the tenderness and compassion within him. It tells of his careful, scrupulously executed rise to vast influence in Judea, and of the transference of his insatiable lust for domination over all living creatures to another dimension: the realm of myth. Simultaneously, as the novel unfolds, we watch his growing preoccupation with his brother, who was given away to a childless couple as a baby, and has become a self-appointed prophet wandering the countryside.
About the Author
Chayym Zeldis is a widely acclaimed novelist and poet. His writing has been praised by such distinguished authors as Henry Miller, Elie Wiesel, Jerzy Kosinski, Cythia Ozick, James Michener, Leslie Fiedler and many others. Zeldis was born in Buffalo, N.Y. In 1948, he went to Israel, where he worked on various agricultural settlements and served in the Israel Defense Forces in the Sinai Campaign of 1956. He and his wife Nina settled permanently in Israel in 1989. Zeldis has won a number of writing awards; his work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.