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The Way to the Cats

Yehoshua Kenaz
Yehoshua Kenaz's savagely comic but essentially moving fifth novel deals with the ravages of old age. Robbed of their mental and physical powers, frail pensioners trapped in an old-age home engage in a pathetic power struggle. The staff expresses its devotion to the patients by nurturing complete dependence and swindling them of their worldly goods.
There is Yolanda Moscovich, who believes the head nurse is trying to kill her; Clara the hunchback; and Lazar Kagan, the artist who paints Yolanda and forces her to confront the loss of her beauty. Their love-hate relationship is fraught with the jealousy and bitterness of people made helpless by isolation and infirmity.
Yolanda leaves the home and returns to her Tel Aviv apartment, only to grapple with appalling loneliness, terror and alienation. She is deeply disturbed by Betty, a mad old woman from across the road, who gives her food to the cats of the title and who accuses Yolanda of being her husband's mistress. Yolanda finally succumbs to the demands of the masseuse, Adela, and signs away her money.
Every aspect of the life of these old people is depicted with realism in what is considered Kenaz's most powerful work.

The Way to the Cats was a featured Editors' Choice in The New York Times.

A novelist must possess courage and artistry in generous measure to win readers over to a story set in an old-age home, but that's exactly what Israeli novelist Yehoshua Kenaz has done....The Way to the Cats is not an easy book to open. But the reader who makes the effort will be quickly rewarded with an engaging and accomplished novel of surprising tenderness and even a kind of grace.
Los Angeles Times

Using a rarely accomplished integration of story and style, [Kenaz] reveals the harsh terrain of a troubled life, at once perverse, beautiful and penetrating.

Though Kenaz has interests in common with Malamud and Appelfeld, he creates a pathos powerfully his own out of the minutiae of grief and loss.
Philip Roth

The Way to the Cats
Title The Way to the Cats
Author’s Last Name Kenaz
Author's First Name Yehoshua
Language(s) English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Chinese
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Am Oved
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1991
Publisher 2 (Hebrew) Am Oved/ Yedioth Ahronoth
Year of Publication 2 (Hebrew) 2010
No. Pages 280 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ba-Derech El Ha-Chatulim
Representation Represented by ITHL


French: Paris, Gallimard, 1994
German: Frankfurt, Suhrkamp, 1994
Italian: Milan, Anabasi, 1994; Florence, Giuntina, 2006
English: Vermont, Steerforth, 1994
Chinese: Guangzhou, Flower City, 1998
Dutch: Amsterdam, Arena, 1999
Spanish: Buenos Aires, Leviatan, 2013
"An original, extraordinary book" The Brenner prize committee
Congratulations to Noga Albalach, winner of the 2018 Brenner prize for her book "The Old Man (Farewell)".
Residencies in Vienna and Salzburg
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery offers 50 residencies in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2019. Applications can be submitted for literature, literature for children and young adults and literary translations. Please note the deadline of September 30th, 2018.
Call for applications English speakers: Stay culture in Paris (deadline: June 12th, 2018)
Details in the attached link
Congratulations to Sami Berdugo and Shoham Smith, recipients of the 2018 Bialik Prize, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in Israel!

The Ministry of Culture and Sport announced the names of the winners of the Arik Einstein Veterans Artists Prize.
A prize of 50,000 NIS was given to each of the 21 artists who worked and are still working to promote Israeli culture in various fields -Music, dance, theater, plastic arts, cinema and literature. In the literature category the winners were Ronny Someck, Jacob Buchan and Shlomit Cohen-Assif. Also, Anat Masiach is among the recipient of the prize for debut literary works. Congratulations!
The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop November 4th to 10th, 2018 Beit Ben-Yehuda, Jerusalem
After workshops in Berlin, Jerusalem and Straelen, the workshop will return to Jerusalem this spring. This workshop will focus on the participants translations. These are unfinished translations that have not yet been published. These will be sent to all participants. The workshop is open to 10 participants and is intended for literary translators with experience and publications. Workshop facilitators: Anne Birkenhauer and Gadi Goldberg Prerequisites: At least one published translation Duration: November 4th 2018 until November 10th, 2018 Location: Beit Ben-Yehuda, 28 Ein Gedi St., 93383 Jerusalem Participation fee: Participation (Accommodation and meals) is free of charge. Travel / flight expenses will be refunded. For more details and for the documents required for submitting application: Anne Birkenhauer, and Gadi Goldberg,
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

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