His Hundred Years, A Tale by Shalach Manot is a novel about a Turkish Jew, a peddler, an everyman, in the fast-deteriorating Ottoman Empire and in New York.
“With its crisp detail and dappled mosaic narrative, His Hundred Years is a Jewish immigrant tale with a difference. The initial milieu is Sephardic, Turkish, Ladino, not European, and the protagonist, a buoyant and irrepressible salesman, is the furthest thing from Arthur Miller’s defeated figure. This is a finely written novel.”
—Morris Dickstein, author of Gates of Eden and Dancing in the Dark
This story had many CUNY readings in 2014, plus previous events in California, Massachusetts, Seattle, and New York. The story appeared in Manot’s translation into English in the 2005 Yiddish/Ladino issue of Midstream.