Mud is a somber and penetrating book, combining the visual power of an action film with the sensitivity of words sharp as a knife. Perach and Gidi, the two heroes of Shiri Artzi's first book, go out to have a good time at a club. The fun is suddenly disrupted by a brutal rape that ends in death and leads them along a desperate journey of escape, love and self discovery.
Shiri Artzi was born in 1972 in Tel Aviv. She studied drama at the Thelma Yelin School. In the early nineties she studied French at the Sorbonne, philosophy and Hebrew literature at the Hebrew University and at the same time wrote literary reviews and dubbed animation films. From early 2000 she presented a culture and literature program on TV. Mud is her first book
"A journey of adventures and encounters with Israeli characters, described by Artzi in a wonderful mixture of colours, voices and smells... Artzi courageously deals with difficult subjects such as child abuse, classes in Israeli society and predetermination, and manages to shed light on their complexity, while leading the plot with empathy to its shaking dramatic end. A book that is hard to put down."
Timeout Tel Aviv
"Shiri Artzi has one of the most interesting and clear voices in the young literature of recent years. Artzi writes with full awareness of the other Israel, in a straightforward and clear-cut language. A fascinating book, read in one breath, as a pleasant melody."