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Adam Resurrected

Adam Stein, once Europe’s greatest clown, is also a clairvoyant, a swindler, an alcoholic, periodically insane, and possessed of manic gifts associated with divine madness. He survived the Holocaust because the death-camp commandant wanted him to entertain victims on their way to the ovens.

After his arrival in Israel in 1958, Adam breaks down and enters the Seizling Institute for Rehabilitation and Therapy in the southern desert. Here he presides over a demented kingdom that includes Jenny, a martinet of a supervisor who supplies him with medical and sexual services, and the “dog,” who slowly begins to stand upright, feel love and finally speak.

The reader gradually understands the connections between Adam’s disconnected musings, flashes of memory and encounters with the other inmates. After curing the “dog,” he sheds the remains of his soul. “I have recovered and become an ordinary man,” he writes. “Sanity is pleasant, calm, amusing but it lacks greatness, it lacks true joy as well as the awful sorrow which slashes the heart.”

Arabic, Azeri, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Title Adam Resurrected
Writer's Last Name Kaniuk
Writer's First Name Yoram
Genre Fiction
Publisher (Hebrew) Yedioth Ahronoth
No. Pages 318pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Adam Ben Kelev
  • “ A writer of remarkable gifts....essentially a comic author, for all the grimness of his subjects.”

    New York Review of Books
  • “ An intense, powerful work of great intellectual sophistication and artistic stature. The problems posed by Kaniuk go to the heart of modern man's deepest longings and emotional needs. ”

    Saturday Review
  • “ What is most admirable is Kaniuk's lucid intelligence, here at its highest level.Tthe book is considered a masterpiece and has been translated into 14 languages.”