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This is an auction for RHYMING LIFE AND DEATH by AMOS OZ.

"In this work of precision satire, Oz, one of Israel’s most prominent writers, portrays a prominent Israeli writer, The Author, and cannily mocks the celebrity status writers acquire. What does a writer know? Why trust him? Stories, after all, possess strange, even dangerous powers. This particular Author is enthralled by his rogue imagination. He’s late to his reading at the “refurbished Shunia Shor and the Seven Victims of the Quarry Attack Cultural Center” because a waitress’ derriere sparks his storytelling impulse, and soon the reader becomes wholly engrossed in her disastrous love affair. Finally onstage, The Author begins to make up stories about people in the audience, all the while wondering about the fate of the revered poet everyone insists on quoting. Hilarious and profound, Oz’s tale of a mischievous tale-teller ponders the eroticism of stories and the mysterious ways language and literature bridge the divide between inner and outer worlds; and it helps us make some sense of life and death."
- Booklist (US)

""From the prodigious Oz comes a delightfully elusive story of imagination, talent and the transitory nature of fame...Stamped with Oz's charm and graceful skill in creating rich characters, this is a must for any fan."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

" Israeli novelist Amos Oz performs an exquisite balancing act in his taut, evocative novel, which immerses readers in the vagaries of the creative process, never letting us forget that there’s an author pulling the strings, making the decisions and making us complicit in the illusion that these words on the page somehow represent lives lived, destinies fulfilled and desires thwarted."
- Kirkus Reviews (US)

Hardback 2009.

155 pages.

This is a review copy in near new condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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