Rhyming Life & Death

Rhyming Life & Death

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Houghton
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 anotherand the author finds himself unexpectedly involved with his creations.


Baker & Taylor
A behind-the-scenes exploration of the craft of writing as revealed by an eight-hour work day in the life of an author finds a literary celebrity passing the time during a mundane book event in Tel Aviv by inventing lives for the strangers he sees around him.

Blackwell North Amer
This novel centres around eight hours in the life of the Author (unnamed), a man in his forties, a literary celebrity, who is in Tel Aviv on a stifling hot night to give a reading. Bored, he looks for distraction - and finds copy. In his head he conjures up the life stories of the people he meets, not least Ricky, an equally bored but seductive waitress. Later, even as the reading from his new book is underway, and the obligatory inane questions have come and gone ('Why do you write?' 'What is it like to be famous?' 'Do you write with a pen or on a computer?'), he weaves stories round the audience and the panel.
Afterwards, the Author invites the professional reader who took part for a drink before walking her home; but she lives opposite and declines, and he wanders off into the dark. Later he returns, climbs the many flights of stairs to her flat, where she lives alone with her cat ... Or does he? The reader never quite knows where reality ends and invention begins in this Author's account of his long night.
He spends the rest of the night wandering, smoking, inventing, regretting and thinking till dawn, when he learns, by chance, of the death of a once famous poet, now barely remembered.

Baker
& Taylor

A behind-the-scenes exploration of the craft of writing as revealed by an eight-hour work day in the life of an author finds a literary celebrity passing the time during a mundane book event in Tel Aviv by inventing lives for the strangers he sees around him. By the author of A Tale of Love and Darkness.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
ISBN: 9780151013678
0151013675
Branch Call Number: Fiction Oz
Characteristics: 117 p. ; 21 cm

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