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Letters to a Tyrant

Haim Assa
A young woman writes letters to the despot ruling her country. At first she protests because her husband has gone to fight in an unexplained, distant war, but from letter to letter she becomes obsessed with hatred for the tyrant. Eventually, her image of him as a dreadful worm invading her body drives her mad. When her husband, who adored the ruler, returns from the war crippled, she is scarcely aware of him. In the final scene she kills him to clear the path for her satanic lover.

This is a brilliant allegorical exposition of the way tyranny lowers the human spirit, how people plainly reject tyranny, yet passionately desire it.
Author Yoram Kaniuk

This is both an allegory about totalitarian rule, and a story of burgeoning feminist awareness.... Original, interesting and extremely readable.
Critic Hedda Bosches

This book reaches deep. [It is] the protest of an individual consciousness against totalitarianism, or a spiritual battle between love and politics.
Jerusalem Post

Assa Letters to a Tyrant
Title Letters to a Tyrant
Author’s Last Name Assa
Author's First Name Haim
Genre novella
Publisher (Hebrew) Hakibbutz Hameuchad
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1993
No. Pages 92 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Michtav Le-Aritz
Representation Represented by ITHL


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