Scenes from Village Life by Amos Oz

By Amos Oz

“Informed through every little thing, weighed down through not anything, this can be a gorgeous paintings of art.” —The ScotsmanStrange issues are taking place in Tel Ilan, a century-old pioneer village. A disgruntled retired baby-kisser complains to his daughter that he hears the sound of digging at evening. may possibly it's their tenant, that younger Arab? yet then the younger Arab hears the digging sounds too. the place has the mayor’s spouse long gone, vanished with no hint, her word announcing “Don’t fear approximately me”? round the village, the veneer of latest wealth—gourmet eating places, paintings galleries, a winery—barely conceals the scars of warfare and of prior generations: disused air raid shelters, rusting farm instruments, and vehicles left at any place they stopped. Scenes from Village existence is a memorable novel-in-stories by means of the inimitable Amos ounces: an excellent, unsettling glimpse of what is going on underneath the outside of daily life.Translated from the Hebrew by way of Nicholas de Lange

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Or not entirely. Though she had made up her mind that she should definitely go straight home, Dr. Steiner continued walking with small, firm steps up Founders Street toward the Village Hall, turning off to take a shortcut through the Memorial Garden. The damp winter air made her glasses mist up. She took them off, rubbed them hard with the end of her scarf and thrust them back on her nose. For an instant, without the glasses, her face had looked less severe, taking on a gentle, offended look, like a little girl who had been scolded unfairly.

Arieh Zelnik had the feeling the man might have been waiting for applause, or at least a smile, in exchange for his own saccharine grin. The host chose, however, not to smile back. " Maftsir the lawyer clasped his left hand with his right hand and squeezed it joyfully, as if he had not met himself for a long time and this unexpected encounter filled him with gladness. Underneath the flood of words there bubbled up an inexhaustible gush of cheerfulness, a Gulf Stream of self-satisfaction. "Well then.

She stood up, bent over, took the fish and potatoes out of the oven and threw them in the trash can. Then she switched off the electric heater, sat down in the kitchen, took off her square, frameless glasses and cried, but after a minute or two she stopped, buried the battered kangaroo in the drawer, took the laundry out of the dryer, and until almost midnight she ironed and folded everything and put it away. At midnight she undressed and got into bed. It had begun to rain in Tel Ilan, and it rained on and off all night.

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