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The Man in the Pink Raincoat

Noga Treves

The coat of the title belongs to André, a handsome, enigmatic French dancer, who arrives one day at a kibbutz guest house with his friends Jennifer and Hans, and stays for three days. His pink coat, pale like the shade of a conch shell, is the focus of longings of the narrator, a nameless woman who lives in the kibbutz but came from elsewhere. The two have a three-day affair which she calls "an étude, or an interlude". It ends when the Frenchman drives away in a taxi. Both have vague identities: he is from Alsace; she has come to the kibbutz after a disappointment in Love.

The slight plot is secondary. A love story in the romantic manner, it in fact defies the formula at every turn. Expectations build up like many-hued bubbles, but pop in the air. The disappointments accumulate during the story, building to one enormous sorrow, a mountain of yearnings.

The Man in the Pink Raincoat actually revolves around an invisible center in the form of a human male. He is a bundle of qualities but has no individuality. He is the essence of a longed-for male, with an erotic dimension, devoid of time, place, culture or history.



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Full of Poignant female self-irony … Very Good.

Hörzu

Delicate, poetical, with a sense of humor and no happy ending – an enrichment to any library.

Christina Ulz, Bücherei Nachrichten (Austria)

Noga Treves tells her story easily and fluently … With the capacity for sympathetic understanding, she gives vividness to her characters. Most recommended.

BLS-Informationsdienst

A story full of poetry and serenity. Many readers may find their own feelings reflected here.

Der Bund (Switzerland)

This debut novel will attract a circle of demanding readers.

Marianne Jonzeck, ekz-informationsdiens

We gain insight into the female psyche through the original and poetic language of the novel … The high level and originality of the language cannot be ignored.

Gerhard Frisch, Die Gemeinde (Austria)

The first novel of the Israeli dancer and writer has received excellent reviews in her home country and should also be of interest here.

Schweizer Bibliotheksdient


A delicate book, elusive, vulnerable … The only certainty in the book is the enormous desolation of the kibbutz experience. Treves establishes this desolation in a manner that is astonishing in its brilliance and effectiveness. You read and laugh because of the exquisite precision of the language, the niceness of the perception, the paranoid sensitivity of the feminine eye … Treves' narrator, her mind full of past artistic attempts to render the romantic object … touches the elusive topic of her longings and manages to give them fresh form once again ... An enormous achievement … The Man in the Pink Raincoat reveals a story-teller of exceptional brilliance, a scintillating master of irony … And she has humor, which is even rarer.

Ariel Hirschfeld, Haaretz

One of the most impressive and promising writers to emerge from the 80s. 
Prof. Menachem Perry


An impressive work.

Anat Levit, Davar

This is not a story that follows a routine formula … Clearheadedly and cleverly, Treves tells a love story on a number of levels … She immerses us in the atmosphere of a magical fable … It would have been easy to slide into sickly sweet melodrama or a cynical, wiseacre, uncompassionate narrative. Noga Treves overcomes these landmines by using sophistication and wit, and by means of crystalline precision in her descriptions. We do not have the space to enumerate all of the superlatives of this unique and promising novella. All that can be done is to recommend reading and rereading it, and to find within it each time a new, refreshing and inspiring statement.   

The Kugel Prize Committee

 

[This book is deserving of the prize because of] the wisdom in it, the freshness, the humor. This is humor that omits arrogance and pomposity from the words and comes so close to the reader that it touches them.

The Jerusalem Foundation Prize Committee



The Man in the Pink Raincoat
Title The Man in the Pink Raincoat
Author’s Last Name Treves
Author's First Name Noga
Language(s) Hebrew, German
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Hakibbutz Hameuchad
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1990
No. Pages 128 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-Ish Bi-M’il Ha-Gesehem Ha-Varod
Representation Represented by ITHL

Translations

German: Gerlingen, Bleicher, 1995
 
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