Almost Dead: A Novel by Assaf Gavron

By Assaf Gavron

"[An] unique and robust writer…. His transparent and sincere writing blasts all the way through the clichés and the politically right floor to the touch the chaotic and ambiguous middle of the Israeli identity.” —Etgar Keret

“In a stunning demonstrate of empathy, Gavron creates both compelling narrators, the bomber and his sufferer. it is a virtuoso paintings; a pitch-perfect rendering of genuine Israeli lifestyles in all its chaos, power, humor and terror. I couldn’t positioned it down.” — Geraldine Brooks

Politically unsuitable, provocative, and steeped in wit and irony, Almost Dead is a fast paced tragicomic novel concerning the completely usual insanity in today’s heart East.

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In that May at the end of the fifties, Italy is still intact, and only critical souls note, with a negative judgment by which they gratify their own narcissism, the first signs of the new era that is about to disfigure for eternity the old cities and the old countryside. Carlo's sensibility classified him by natural right among these elect \the critical souls\; but he was good, and the feeling of oneness that through sex bound him to the world----<>utside his own particular Ethics-was stronger than the aesthetic sentiment.

The unique demonstration of real goodwill is common action, even-all the more-if it's scandalous. "fAll rightf," Polis says in the end, coming to terms with the Irreconcilable. " the angel, tolerant, inquired. "You," answers the devil, "you take your Body. " The devil's proposal is reasonable! Polis looks at him in fascination. Silently he looks at him. And as he looks at him silently, a smile rises up from deep within, slowly, like a sky from which the wind sweeps away the clouds, slowly rendering it perfectly serene and luminous, luntil the smile,!

Where are Polis and Tetis going to end up after their intervention (disappearance analogous to that of Carmelo and the Twenty Spirits) *(midday apparition of the God-more to be feared, cf. " Only slowly, as he advances in his reading and follows the author's path, will he realize that the book refers, rather, to nothing other than itself alone. -through reality: which is familiar--conventionally and in common-to reader and author. " For now, I realize, he must overcome his repugnance, which results in a false transposition of reality: false because in effect it doesn't < ...

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