Novelist Gail Hareven was born in Jerusalem in 1959. One
of her novels, Lies, First Person, deals with a heavy topic—
the existence of pure evil.
The protagonist, Elinor, is brought face to face with “noman,”
referring to her cousin Aaron Gotheilf who systematically
raped her sister Elisheva and once Elinor herself. While
the sisters descend into insanity, the rapist becomes a successful
scholar and author.
The two sisters are saved from insanity in two entirely different
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