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One day in 1977, the author Amalia Kahana-Carmon appeared at the editorial office of Haaretz's Culture and Literature supplement with a book in her hand. "I am holding a book by the Israeli Virginia Woolf," she announced. "You must write about it!" She handed then editor Benjamin Tammuz the first novel by Yael Medini, "Kavim U'keshatot" ("Arcs and Traces" ). Tammuz held...