A man and a woman on the brink of divorce discover that an invasion of ants is threatening to destroy their home. In an atmosphere of eroticism and ritual, suspense and destructiveness, the walls of the house collapse and with them the barriers between the couple. On the brink of ruin they discover happiness. What is the nature of this happiness? What is the force undermining the foundations of the house?
The book grips you from the first sentence, captures your imagination, propels you into unknown realms.
The perfection of this short novel shows that we are in the presence of a great writer, who excels in deepening the enigma of existence rather than in providing answers.
Orpaz's parable, Ants, is a fascinating work with the tantalizing specificity and peculiar logic of a dream.
|Author’s Last Name|| ||Orpaz|
|Author's First Name|| ||Yitzhak|
|Language(s)|| ||English, French, Italian|
|Publisher (Hebrew)|| ||Am Oved|
|Year of Publication (Hebrew)|| ||1968|
|Publisher 2 (Hebrew)|| ||Hakibbutz Hameuchad|
|Year of Publication 2 (Hebrew)|| ||1981|
|No. Pages|| ||111 pp.|
|Book title - Hebrew (phonetic)|| ||Nemalim|
|Representation|| ||Represented by ITHL|
French: Paris, Liana Levi, 1988; 2006
Italian: Viterbo, Stampa Alternativa, 1995; 2008
Ants & The Death of Lysanda [The Death of Lysanda: Two Novellas]
English: Champaign, IL, Dalkey Archive, 2013