After the Holidays is the story of a family in a small farming community in Palestine during the British Mandate. The village is set among fragrant orange groves and shady tree-lined streets where hypocrisy is traded as freely as gossip. The local population includes the pompous teacher who will never write his poem, the slow overseer who rapes a Bedouin child as an expression of his own powerlessness, and the members of the Weiss family, the main characters in the book, bizarre people who feed off each other's psychopathology. The tale depicts the gradual disintegration of the entire family, and comes to a head when one of the daughters, Batsheva, takes a young Arab worker as her lover.
Its oblique, dark humor turns tragedy into absurd comedy, milk and honey into acid and vinegar.
The New York Times
Despite the atmosphere of despair, this novel is nonetheless oddly compelling.
Without pompousness, without flowery expressions, Kenaz offers a sensitive and thought-provoking gift...This is a story well told.
West Coast Review of Books
|Title|| ||After the Holidays|
|Author’s Last Name|| ||Kenaz|
|Author's First Name|| ||Yehoshua|
|Language(s)|| ||English, German, Chinese|
|Publisher (Hebrew)|| ||Am Oved|
|Year of Publication (Hebrew)|| ||1964; 1987; 2005; jubilee ed. 2014|
|No. Pages|| ||187 pp.|
|Book title - Hebrew (phonetic)|| ||Acharei Ha-Chagim|
|Representation|| ||Represented by ITHL|
English: New York, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1987
German: Frankfurt, Suhrkamp, 1998
Chinese: Nanchang, Baihuazhou, 2000