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Rhyming Life and Death
Amoz Oz, translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange
An unnamed author waits in a bar in Tel Aviv on a stifling hot night. He is there to give a reading of his work but as he sits, bored, he begins to conjure up the life stories of the people he meets, not least Ricky, an equally bored but seductive waitress. Later, when the reading is underway, he weaves stories around the audience and panel before asking the professional reader for a drink. She declines and the Author walks away, only to climb the steps to her flat later that night. Or does he?
"A master class in interlocking character sketches, and a fable on the themes of sex, death and writing pitched somewhere between the fictional universes of JM Coetzee and Milan Kundera"
"Delightful...a meditation, on the art of writing, the relationship between literature and life, between life and death…the work of a master. A book you are likely to return to"
ISBN 13: 9780099521020 | ISBN 10: 0099521024
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