By Amos Oz
Tragic, comedian, and totally sincere, this bestselling and severely acclaimed new paintings through "one of Israel's such a lot talented and prolific authors" (Helen Epstein, The ahead) is straight away a kin saga and a mystical self-portrait of a author who witnessed the delivery of a state and lived via its turbulent history.
It is the tale of a boy becoming up within the war-torn Jerusalem of the 40s and fifties, in a small condo crowded with books in twelve languages and relations talking approximately as many. the tale of a teen whose existence has been replaced perpetually by means of his mother's suicide while he was once twelve years previous. the tale of a guy who leaves the restrictions of his kinfolk and its neighborhood of dreamers, students, and failed businessmen to affix a kibbutz, switch his identify, marry, have teenagers. the tale of a author who turns into an energetic player within the political lifetime of his state.
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The tallest books were the ones that by now were beneath my dignity, children's books, in rhyme, with pictures, the books that had been read to me when I was a toddler. I did it because I wanted to fill the whole length of shelf that had been allotted to me. I wanted my section to be packed full, crowded, overflowing, like my father's shelves. I was still in a state of euphoria when Father came home from work, cast a shocked glance toward my bookshelf, and then, in total silence, gave me a long hard look that I shall never forget: it was a look of contempt, of bitter disappointment beyond anything that could be expressed in words, almost a look of utter genetic despair.
Light. Sand, scaffolding, kiosks on the avenues, a brand-new white Hebrew city, with simple lines, growing up among the citrus groves and the dunes. Not just a place that you buy a ticket for and travel to on an Egged bus, but a different continent altogether. For years we had a regular arrangement for a telephone link with the family in Tel Aviv. We used to phone them every three or four months, even though we didn't have a phone and neither did they. First we would write to Auntie Hayya and Uncle Tsvi to let them know that on, say, the nineteenth of the month—which was a Wednesday, and on Wednesdays Tsvi left his work at the Health Clinic at three—we would phone from our pharmacy to their pharmacy at five.
Mr. " Then he would tell us his usual telephone joke. "Once, at the Zionist Congress in Zurich, terrible roaring sounds were suddenly heard from a side room. Berl Locker asked Harzfeld what was going on, and Harzfeld explained that it was Comrade Rubashov speaking to Ben Gurion in Jerusalem. " And Mother said: "It's too soon, Arieh. " He would reply: "Yes, but they have to be put through" (there was no direct dialing at that time). " While they were still arguing, suddenly it was almost five o'clock.