The Israeli Who Dared Write a Novel About Jews and African Slave Trade

'Yes, it’s true. My great-great grandfather’s grandfather was a slave trader.' Agur Schiff’s latest book features an Israeli man, with the same name as his, traveling to Africa and standing trial for being the descendant of a slave trafficker. The author explains why this story needed to be told

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Agur Schiff. 'A writer is someone who wants to be loved. How do they generate that love? At whose expanse?'
Author Agur Schiff. 'A writer is someone who wants to be loved. How do they generate that love? At whose expanse?'Credit: Hadas Parush
Gili Izikovich
Gili Izikovich
Gili Izikovich
Gili Izikovich

Last December, exhausted after working on his latest novel and anxious that the pandemic would delay its release, Israeli author Agur Schiff decided to embark on a journey.

Nothing about the trip or destination was left to chance: Ghana wasn’t only a country Schiff had become slightly obsessed with; it was also a place of significant importance in the book he had toiled on, whose story unfolds in a nameless West African country.

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