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Tomozhenna Street

Yitzhak Orpaz
Tomozhenna Street is the story of a Jewish townlet in last bloom before its end, its people and events, as seen through the eyes of a growing boy. Among the characters are lame Yankele, who proclaims the wonders of the revolution to come; Reb Shuv, who wraps himself in a shroud to hasten the coming of the Messiah; Kuke, the whore, who walks down the street with the dying Nyuma on her arm, while they read aloud from Marx's Das Kapital; Arale the peacemaker, always on the verge of a great invention; and among all these a dreamy woman gazing at the valley of the River Bug from between her window curtains, transforming it in her imagination into a great sea bearing the flagship of the redeemer.The novel is composed of a series of loosely-linked episodes. To the young narrator some of the local goings-on are fearful and mysterious - such as the dark attic where Father stores his wooden puppets, or the priest's sinister estate which defines the boundary of Jewish life in the town.

These tales of childhood and the family are among the most distilled and superior in our fiction.
Critic Dan Miron

These are lovely poetic stories in which seemingly contradictory elements are interwoven. Terror beside humor, fantasy beside richly realistic descriptions of a Jewish lifestyle that has long since passed from the world.

Orpaz loves his characters; he is with them in their moments of sanity and madness, their moments of exaltation and degradation. Critic Yosef Oren

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Tomozhenna Street
Title Tomozhenna Street
Author’s Last Name Orpaz
Author's First Name Yitzhak
Language(s) French, Chinese
Genre stories
Publisher (Hebrew) Hakibbutz Hameuchad
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1979
Publisher 2 (Hebrew) extended ed. Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah
Year of Publication 2 (Hebrew) 1989
No. Pages 143 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Rechov Ha-Tomojenna
Representation Represented by ITHL


French: Paris, Liana Levi, 1990
Chinese: Nanjing, Yilin Press, 1996
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