Jonathan Touitou: Detective Elchmanyahu’s auto-da-fe
Detective Elchmanyahu's auto-da-fe follows the bound to fail investigation on the fire that burned a public art collection in southern Tel Aviv. The dodgy officer in charge uses all imaginable tricks and trades of whodunit novels to unfold a police investigation that casts a gloomy yet lucid look over the Israeli culture and its visual art scene. Framed in between fact and fiction by the tendentious writing of Jonathan Touitou, this book is a layered investigation of the art world and its deeds.
Against the backdrop of the second Intifada and today's recurrent undermining of Palestinian rights, this controversial book will provide its readers with a perspective of an infiltrated outsider on the Israeli society, possibly supply the welding torch for the cynical ones, a bonfire for the freaks and fireworks for the wholehearted.
Born in Paris to immigrated northern African parents, Jonathan Touitou’s trajectory is akin to the wandering Jew. Hoping to reverse the curse, he left France for Jerusalem during the Oslo agreements only to find himself on the road again, twenty years later, for the milk of the holy land had turned sour.
Title: Detective Elchmanyahu’s auto-da-fe
Publisher: Onomatopee, 2021
Editor: Orit Bulgaru and Jonathan Touitou
Author: Jonathan Touitou
Graphic Design: Quentin Gaudry, assisted by Aurelie Morra
Size: 11 x 17.8 cm, 230 pages