Author: Hagar Yanai.
In words of writer and creator of The Sandman graphic novels, Neil Gaiman: “Hagar Yanai (Israel, 1972), writer, editor, promoter of literary projects and professor of creative writing in her country, offers us with this book something completely new in the fantasy works: an imaginary cosmology that seems to be drawn directly from Ancient Babylon. A powerful, very good, novel, that deserves to reach readers from across the world”.
One night a thief slips into Dr. Emanuel Margolis’s laboratory –a renowned scientist who is working to end humanity’s depression and sadness–, stealing the medicine the Dr. intented to use to cure his wife Tammy, who languishes in a psychiatric hospital. His children, Yonatán and Ela, follow the thief to Ancient Babylon, where they find a fantasy world in which magic and science, devils and machines coexists, as do psychotropic drugs.
Babylon is governed by the Emperor and the terrible Order of the Ajshadrapanim. They control the population, over which looms a terrible sickness which throws those that ail from it into a deep depression, placing them in “cure camps”. But a rebel army is getting ready in the mountains. They are commanded by the caudillo Hilel Ben Shajar, who, according to the shamans, will found a new dynasty and end the Order’s grasp on power.
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