Many readers will probably consider Hagai Dagan's new novel The King Has No House to be an Israeli version, Jewish and intelligent, of the Da Vinci Code. One must read Dagan's book in order to understand how profound the difference is between these books. Instead of a series of enigmas about the history of art and Christianity, Dagan uses fragments of hints, ancient Hebrew enigmas, conjured and real Jewish texts, in order to create in his book an alternative Jewish myth, which is relevant to present-day Israel.
Hagai Dagan was born in 1964 in Kibbutz Ein Hamifratz. He studied philosophy, theology and Jewish philosophy at Tel Aviv and Freiburg Universities. He teaches Jewish philosophy at Sapir College. He published short stories and essays in literary journals and magazines as well as a collection of poems.
"As befits an intelligent historical thriller, full of knowledge and imagination, this is a complicated plot in the present with roots deep in the past, hinting at something that may happen to us in our divided and torn country... Hagai Dagan very cleverly leaves the end open. He does not bother the reader with answers but lets him find them by himself."
Ha'aretz Literary Supplement
"Hagai Dagan's excellent book is a sexy and juicy book about Judaism, the settlers, security forces and the King Saul dynasty."
Iton Tel Aviv
"Entertaining reading, of the historical- conspirative- detective genre... Dagan masters the historical-cultural background that lends plausibility to the Shaulist conspiracy in the book and manages to maintain suspense all along."