Memories After My Death: The Story of Joseph 'Tommy' Lapid
By: Yair Lapid
Memories After My Death is the story of Tommy Lapid, a well-loved and controversial Israeli figure who saw the development of the country from all angles over its first sixty years.
From seeing his father taken away to a concentration camp to arriving in Tel Aviv at the birth of Israel, Tommy Lapid lived every major incident of Jewish life since the 1930s first-hand.
This sweeping narrative is mesmerising for anyone with an interest in how Israel became what it is today. Lapid’s uniquely unorthodox opinions – he belonged to neither left nor right, was Jewish, but vehemently secular – expose the many contradictions inherent in Israeli life today.
This is an extraordinary book, which was written by a person after he passed away. No one, not even his best friends, could revive Tommy better than his own gifted son.
- Ehud Olmert, former Israeli Prime Minister
…a literary tour-de-force in which the son reassembles the voice, the spirit of the father so absolutely that, for most of this big book, it is the man himself who turns the pages of his life and speaks directly to the reader.
- Jewish Chronicle