Underskin, a new erotic novel by author and journalist ORIT ARFA, explores Israel-German relationships—in politics, society—and the bedroom
Berlin. Tel Aviv. Beer. Sex. Holocaust. Refugees. Nazis. All hot topics are explored through an unconventional love story
Underskin spans both Tel Aviv and Berlin from 2016 to 2017 and explores the trend of intimate relationships between third-generation Holocaust survivors and perpetrators and the complications they encounter culturally, politically, and socially.
Nilly, a Tel Aviv-based architect, recently broke off an engagement and is now seeking love. With a traditional Jewish background, she never thought she’d find it in the form of a non-Jew, let alone a German! As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, her mother boycotts all German products. But when gorgeous Sebastian lays his towel next to her on the beach one afternoon, she is transfixed; however, she’s not sure he won’t “boycott” her. He’s in Israel on a musical peace mission while she was born in Ariel, an Israeli in the West Bank/Samaria that he considers “an obstacle to peace.” He, too, was born in a city known for the tug between war and peace: Dresden. They soon find they are more similar than they thought, and their differences and similarities are explored through intriguing conversation—and hot sex.
Underskin explores modern German-Israeli ties through a new genre: literary erotica. Through it, Arfa hopes to offer a new paradigm for German-Israeli relations on the personal and national level.