The first volume in the saga of Avram Blok, troublemaker, dissenter and non-hero of our time, who travels from the Homeland to Paris, London and New York, to return again and again to the calm of the lunatic asylum in the hills above Jerusalem. From the author of "City of Blok".
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This long, picaresque novel has no plot. Instead it has a clutter of episodespunctuated by short-short plays, graffiti, puns, catalogues, cartoons, capsule histories. The frequently dislocated narrative traces the dislocated career of its titular Israeli antihero, who spends much of his time wandering through London, Paris and New York, and even more as an inmate of the Klander Psychiatric Intitute of Jerusalem. The reader must move agilely to adapt to the diversity of stylesrealistic, farcical, parodic, phantasmagoric. Despite the welter he leaves in his progress (and retrogress), the author succeeds through his exuberance, his unrelenting energy, to achieve a kind of unity, or at least the illusion of unity. Occasionally fatiguing, the novel is more generally compulsively readable. The nearest ancestor seems to be Pynchon. Arthur Zeiger, English Dept., City Coll., CUNY
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Book Description Flamingo. Paperback. Book Condition: New. UNUSED, BRAND NEW, NOT EX-LIBRARY, shows signs of shelfwear, Paperback (Novel set in the world between fantasy and the lunatic asylum that is Israel today Scottish Arts Council Award 1989 Jewish Humour ), 356 pages. 'When they arrested Avanm Blok for peeping on 27th Soventber 1967, the fridge of the Jerusalem District Court, Justice Henrietta Ben-Horin, sent him to the Moses Klander Institute for twenty-eight days of observation .'Thus begins the first, classic volume of the saga of Avram Blok. child of the ovens of Europe and the stew pot of modern Israel, troublemaker, dissenter and non-hero of our lime. In war and between wars, from misdeed to disaster, from love to rejection, Blok ploughs his furrow, travelling from the Homeland to Paris, London and New York, returning, again and again, to the calm of the lunatic asylum in the Jerusalem hills. 'A great fizzing parcel-bomb of a book. Imagine a Jewish Gulliver's Travels. Or a Candide from Jerusalem. . . guaranteed to offend and outrage, to make all but the most effete and illiterate roar and whoop and weep with laughter')Scottish Arts Council Award 1989. book. Bookseller Inventory # 743