The World of the End

The World of the End

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As an epilogist, Ben Mendelssohn appreciates an unexpected ending. But when that denouement is the untimely demise of his beloved wife, Ben is incapable of coping. Marian was more than his life partner; she was the fiber that held together all that he is. And Ben is willing to do anything, even enter the unknown beyond, if it means a chance to be with her again.

One bullet to the brain later, Ben is in the Other World, where he discovers a vast and curiously secular existence utterly unlike anything he could have imagined: a realm of sprawling cities where the deceased of every age live an eternal second life, and where forests of family trees are tended by mysterious humans who never lived in the previous world. But Ben cannot find Marian.

Desperate for a reunion, he enlists an unconventional afterlife investigator to track her down, little knowing that his search is entangled in events that continue to unfold in the world of the living. In Ofir Touche Gafla's The World of the End, the search will confront Ben with one heart-rending shock after another; with the best and worst of human nature; with the resilience and fragility of love; and with truths that will haunt him through eternity.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 365 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 28mm | 399.99g
  • New York
  • English
  • Translation
  • 0765333570
  • 9780765333575
  • 535,744

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Stunning writing, hilarious, and brilliantly translated! Ellen Kushner, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Thomas the Rhymer

I've seldom read a book so strange and so assured. Gafla's vivid characters, his matter-of-fact underworld, and his mysteriously interconnected mortal universe confront readers with the awkwardness, desperation, and humor of life and its many endings. Max Gladstone, author of Three Parts Dead

The World of the End is a refreshing, original, and particularly, impressive work... The writer displays virtuosity in moving from a film-noir kind of novel to dealing with metaphysical issues regarding post-mortem life, then returning to an adventure story incorporating innumerable motifs from the world of science fiction. His most prominent ability is the philosophical depth he achieves without being over-smart or getting lost. Time Out (Israel)

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About Ofir Touche Gafla

Ofir Touche Gafla is a national bestselling author in his native Israel. His first novel, The World of the End, won the 2005 Geffen Award for the best fantasy/science fiction novel of the year and the 2006 Kugel Award for Hebrew literature. His later novels include The Cataract in the Mind's Eye. Behind the Fog, The Day the Music Died, and The Book of Disorder. He teaches creative writing in the Sam Spiegel School of TV and Cinema in Jerusalem.
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451 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 35% (157)
4 33% (150)
3 20% (88)
2 9% (39)
1 4% (17)
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