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An X-Ray Burst (Love Burns)

Edna Mazya
Suspense, psychological drama and bizarre comedy combine in a novel which many will find difficult to put down. The unique cast of characters includes a forty-eight-year-old professor of astro-physics obsessed with his beautiful and very young wife, the professor's tough mother and his shrewd childhood friend, Anton, an Arab police detective. Ilan, the professor, discovers that his wife Naomi is having an affair and follows her to her lover's hideaway. Terrified of losing her in a confrontation, and after endless dithering, he confronts the man instead. Their meeting climaxes with the unpremeditated murder of the lover; the unlikely murder weapon is Ilan's pipe. In total desperation, Ilan spills the story to his mother who comes to his rescue. They despose of the body in the fresh grave of Ilan's kindergarten teacher.The body is discovered, but the older woman (who is suffering from a terminal illness) commits suicide and leaves behind a note claiming that she murdered her daughter-in-law's lover. The happy ending is inevitable, with Ilan and the now loving Naomi expecting a baby.


Highly recommended.
Madame Figaro

A completely meshugge novel from Israel about relationships, strongly reminiscent of John Irving at his best. Excellent entertainment, pitch black humour, a paranoid hero and finally the recognition: Mother is the best.
Die Woche 

A most enjoyable, though macabre romp rendered into admirably fluent and idiomatic English by the translator. It is also a work of some literary stature... Splendid. 
Sydney Morning Herald

A surprisingly fresh, deeply sardonic debut novel from a famed Israeli playwright… Mazya skillfully conveys a personality in collapse, while satirizing every one of the clichés to which it succumbs.
Publishers Weekly

Mazya_An X-Ray Burst
Title An X-Ray Burst (Love Burns)
Author’s Last Name Mazya
Author's First Name Edna
Language(s) English, German, French, Italian
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1997
No. Pages 174 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Hitpartzut X
Representation Represented by ITHL

Translations

German: Cologne, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2001; pback: 2003
Italian: Rome, edizioni e/o, 2001
English: Sydney, Picador /Pan Macmillan, 2005; New York, Europa, 2006
French: Paris, Liana Levi, 2008
 
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