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Strange things are happening in Tel Ilan, a century-old pioneer village. A disgruntled retired politician complains to his daughter that he hears the sound of digging at night. Could it be their tenant, that young Arab? But then the young Arab hears the digging sounds too. And where has the mayor s wife gone, vanished without a trace, her note saying Don t worry about me ?
Around the village, the veneer of new wealth gourmet restaurants, art galleries, a winery barely conceals the scars of war and of past generations: disused air-raid shelters, rusting farm tools, and trucks left wherever they stopped. Scenes From Village Life is a memorable novel in stories by the inimitable Amos Oz: a brilliant, unsettling glimpse of what goes on beneath the surface of everyday life.
Translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange
Finely wrought . . . Oz writes characterizations that are subtle but surgically precise, rendering this work a powerfully understated treatment of an uneasy Israeli conscience." Publishers Weekly, starred
Informed by everything, weighed down by nothing, this is an exquisite work of art. The Scotsman
Amos Oz was born in Jerusalem in 1939. He is the author of thirteen novels and collections of short fiction, and numerous works of nonfiction, including his acclaimed memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness, which was an international bestseller and a recipient of the National Jewish Book Award. Scenes from Village Life was awarded the Prix Mediterranee Etranger in 2010.