Written in Paris in 1932, this is the story of a couple spending the summer on the French Riviera. Little of their past is revealed in the course of the story. The couple stays in the small hotel of a friendly, expansive landlady and meets other cosmopolitan, middle-class vacationers and the residents of the little village. The novella climaxes when a young French woman visits the husband, who is in bed with a cold, while his wife is away in Nice for the day.
The amazing thing in this story, written in Paris in 1932, is that it brings back those years and that atmosphere, described as though it were today.
David Vogel is a master. There is so much eroticism here… Vogel’s great talent is expressed particularly in his silences, in what he does not say.
Corriere della Sera
A poignant, wonderful novella, snatched from oblivion, by one of the greatest Hebrew writers of the 20th century.
Facing the Sea has a Scott Fitzgeraldian feel to it; it is always elegantly suggestive and conveys how random, small choices in life may lead to dramatic outcomes.
|Title|| ||Facing the Sea|
|Author’s Last Name|| ||Vogel|
|Author's First Name|| ||David|
|Language(s)|| ||English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Albanian, Spanish|
|Publisher (Hebrew)|| ||1934; M. Neumann/ Siman Kriah|
|Year of Publication (Hebrew)|| ||1974 [Hebrew edition: Prof. Menakhem Perry, from manuscripts]|
|Publisher 2 (Hebrew)|| ||Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah|
|Year of Publication 2 (Hebrew)|| ||1990 [in: Extinguished Stations]|
|Publisher 3 (Hebrew)|| ||Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah|
|Year of Publication 3 (Hebrew)|| ||2005|
|No. Pages|| ||96 pp.|
|Book title - Hebrew (phonetic)|| ||Nochach Ha-Yam|
|Representation|| ||Not Represented by ITHL|
English: New York, New American Library, 1983 [In: Eight Great Hebrew Short Novels]; new ed. New York/London, Toby Press, 2005 [same]; Sydney, Scribe, 2013
French: Arles, Actes Sud, 1988
Spanish: Barcelona, Riopiedras, 1989 [In Eight Great Hebrew Short Novels]; Barcelona, Minuscula, forthcoming
Italian: Milan, Anabasi, 1992; Rome, Theoria, 1993 [In: Six Great Hebrew Short Novels]; Rome, E/O, 1998; Florence, Passigli, 2010
Dutch: Amsterdam, Meulenhoff, 1993; Meulenhoff, 1994 [In: High Summer Book]; Amsterdam, Atheneum, forthcoming
German (with: In the Sanatorium): Munich, Paul List, 1994; Berlin, Aufbau, 2013
Albanian: Tirane, Dituria, 1996 [In: Contemporary Fiction from Israel]