Rhyming Life and Death

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009 - Fiction - 117 pages
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An ingenious, witty, behind-the-scenes novel about eight hours in the life of an author.

A literary celebrity is in Tel Aviv on a stifling hot night to give a reading from his new book.While the obligatory inane questions ("Why do you write? What is it like to be famous? Do you write with a pen or on a computer?) are being asked and answered, his attention wanders and he begins to invent lives for the strangers he sees around him. Among them are Yakir Bar-Orian Zhitomirski, a self-styled literary guru; Tsefania Beit-Halachmi, a poet (whose work provides the novel’s title); and Rochele Reznik, a professional reader, with whom the Author has a brief but steamy sexual skirmish; to say nothing of Ricky the waitress, the real object of his desire. One life story builds on another--and the author finds himself unexpectedly involved with his creations.

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User Review  - mmoj - LibraryThing

This was a difficult book for me. There were parts that I enjoyed but there were also parts that I had a hard time with because of the Israeli/Jewish words, history and names. This is a book about 8 ... Read full review

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User Review  - whitewavedarling - LibraryThing

In a dramatic telling of a single night, Rhyming Life & Death is something of a story, and something of a demonstration of a story's genesis, exploring the wonders and twists of an imagination ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Amos Oz was born in 1939 in Jerusalem. At the age of fifteen, he left home and went to live and work on Kibbutz Hulda. His first book, "Where the Jackals Howl", was published in 1965, to immediate acclaim. For thirty years, until 1986, he divided his time between writing and teaching at the kibbutz high school, and turned over all his literary income to the kibbutz. He now lives in Arad and teaches at Ben-Gurion University. He is one of the leading figures of the Peace Now movement, and has written and lectured widely on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The first book of his to be published at Harcourt was "Elsewhere, Perhaps", which appeared in 1973. To date, Harcourt has published 18 books by Oz, including his recent memoir, "A Tale of Love and Darkness" (2004), an international bestseller and recipient of the Koret Jewish Book Award, among many other honors. Nicholas de Lange is a professor at the University of Cambridge and a renowned translator. He has translated Amos Oz's work since the 1960s.

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