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The Death of Lysanda: Two Novellas

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This volume collects two macabre novellas by one of Israel's greatest authors: "The Death of Lysanda," which tells the story of a taxidermist heading steadily into insanity, and "Ants," about an invasion of household insects forcing a doomed marriage into crisis.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published 1970)
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MJ Nicholls
Bonkers is the best descriptive for these two sixties novellas: reprints of the only translations of this Hebrew writer in existence. The title novella is best (and hilariously) summed up in this review from Eddie Watkins (so requires no work from me—thanks Eddie, and please bring your brilliance back to GR). ‘Ants’ is the second novella: a surreal and blackly comic tale about a house being overrun with ants, and a disturbing marriage involving a partial metamorphosis into a kind of ant-loving m ...more
Eddie Watkins
Will have to reread this short little fiction to determine if I missed something. Since it was featured on A Journey Round My Skull as a lost gem long ago I've been anticipating reading it, but now having read it I feel let down. While it was taut and entertaining it seemed like a rather run-of-the-mill story of the "solitary man has an imaginary love relationship that is intruded upon by a flesh and blood woman who shatters his delicate psychic balance and so he kills her and while preparing to ...more

strano questo libro, non riesco a valutarlo in stelline...

Leah mi disse una volta che un bambino si chiude in un quadrato e ha paura di uscirne. Strilla quando il quadrato si apre. A volte in silenzio, perché è spaventato. Giocattoli come i quadrati, i cubi, la campana, la forma quadrata delle stanze, ecc. Io le dissi "Penso che per agli adulti sia lo steso - un uomo cresce e il quadrato cresce con lui".

A volte ho la sensazione che i confini tra sogno e realtà stiano diventando sempre più labili
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