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Shemaron: A Beautiful Endeavour



Shemaron : A Beautiful Endeavor 



The turbulent and intimate interaction between fishermen and the sea is often considered alongside personal observations made from the deck of the ring net boat Shemaron. Poetical prose and historical interludes are woven into accounts of voyages undertaken on this historical boat.
Alone on the sea while the dawn laid claim to the day, I felt the magic, I felt my place and it was very small, an indiscernible speck on the face of time. Yet within my head, heart and soul, the recognition of myself as that speck was immense and timeless.”

Shemaron: A Beautiful Endeavor



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