Rhyming Life & Death

Rhyming Life & Death

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This novel centres around eight hours in the life of the Author (unnamed), a man in his forties, a literary celebrity, who is in Tel Aviv on a stifling hot night to give a reading. Bored, he looks for distraction - and finds copy. In his head he conjures up the life stories of the people he meets, not least Ricky, an equally bored but seductive waitress. Later, even as the reading from his new book is underway, and the obligatory inane questions have come and gone ('Why do you write?' 'What is it like to be famous?' 'Do you write with a pen or on a computer?'), he weaves stories round the audience and the panel.Afterwards, the Author invites the professional reader who took part for a drink before walking her home; but she lives opposite and declines, and he wanders off into the dark. Later he returns, climbs the many flights of stairs to her flat, where she lives alone with her cat ... Or does he? The reader never quite knows where reality ends and invention begins in this Author's account of his long night.He spends the rest of the night wandering, smoking, inventing, regretting and thinking till dawn, when he learns, by chance, of the death of a once famous poet, now barely remembered.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 117 pages
  • 132.08 x 205.74 x 17.78mm | 249.47g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • 0151013675
  • 9780151013678

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"The book is a meditation on the art of writing, the relationship between literature and life, between life and death, and also about the nature and significance of literary fame....the work of a master...A book you are likely to return to."--Allan Massie "The Scotsman "
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Praise for A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS: "Every event, every factual detail, every discovery opens myriad doors to unexpected revelations...It is impossible to give a full account of this book's riches." --The Washington Post Book World
"[A] consistently gracious and compassionate meditation on the birth and consciousness of a writer. Revealed here is an exceptionally intimate and emotional archaeology, which provides astonishing truths about the origins of art itself."--""The Miami Herald"A powerful story of the making of a writer...Oz's panoramic memoir enhances the history of literature and of Israel, and the literature of examined lives." --Booklist (starred)
Praise for THE SAME SEA:
"A prose poem . . . at once melancholic and sensual." --The New Yorker
"Impressive...[l]iterature that is both spiritually moving and secularly provocative."--The Los Angeles Times Book Review
"[L]ovely, lyrical territory...a reminder of the great things a novel can do. How it can cast us into a dream state, put us into contact with our beloved dead and help us recognize the hidden connections among all people and all things." --Chicago Tribune
"At once spare and lushly experimental, an unusual mixture of hard, precise prose that drives the story forward and often lyrical, evocative verse that bathes us in mental glow of each of the characters." --The Nation
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Eight hours in the life of an author. Tel Aviv, a stifling hot night. A literary celebrity is giving a reading from his new book. And as his attention wanders, he begins to invent lives for the strangers he sees around him: here, a self-styled cultural guru, Yakir Bar-Orian Zhitomirski; there, a love-starved professional reader, Rochele Reznik; to say nothing of Ricky the waitress, the real object of his desires. Reality and fiction blend in this ingenious, poignant novel from the celebrated author of "A Tale of Love and Darkness."
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701 ratings
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4 30% (209)
3 37% (260)
2 15% (108)
1 3% (23)
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