In The Gigolo from Congo and Other Characters, the hypochondriac protagonist of one story is convinced he could have attained the world record running the mile, but above all he cherishes the image of his beloved handing him a towel and sandwich after the race. In this collection, the stories are peopled by parasites, desperate dreamers, opportunists and masochists, striving to squeeze the last drop of pleasure from disgrace. Levin combines the blackest humor with tender compassion for human frailty. In the sketch "Two Embarrassed Men and an Irritable Woman," a husband's simple request for salt triggers an outburst from his wife: "No love! No passion!...No style! Disgusting!" This is a world of exaggeration, of overacting and over-reacting.
There is something awe-inspiring about The Gigolo From Congo and Other Characters...which is comedy in its purest form.
Novelist and critic Yitzhak Laor
This collection... does more than any other Levin work to point out his astounding genius... An artist who exhibits virtuosity in as many genres as he does and who changes styles like gloves, is not common in the literary world. Levin is an excellent humorist and brilliant satirist and describer of the grotesque.
This is Hanoch Levin at his best -- the cabaret sketch writer, whose emphatically satirical greatness expresses itself...in his ability to be on a totally popular level and at the same time totally sophisticated. Deep and crude. Polished and abrasive.
Selected stories and plays available in English translation (for publishers only)
|Title|| ||The Gigolo from Congo and Other Characters|
|Author’s Last Name|| ||Levin|
|Author's First Name|| ||Hanoch|
|Language(s)|| ||German, French|
|Genre|| ||stories, sketches, songs, film scripts|
|Publisher (Hebrew)|| ||Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah|
|Year of Publication (Hebrew)|| ||1994|
|No. Pages|| ||332 pp.|
|Book title - Hebrew (phonetic)|| ||Ha-Jigolo Mi-Kongo Ve-Tipusim Acherim: Sipurim, Pizmonim, Ma'archonim, Tasritim|
|Representation|| ||Represented by ITHL|