The nine stories in this collection differ in their setting, characters and period, but share the restraint characteristic of Kenaz`s writing, his unique insight into his characters and the precise humor that helps give them relief.
"Wild Flesh, Foreign Flesh," set in a small agricultural settlement during the early years of the state, focuses on a Holocaust survivor who is convinced that Nazi flesh is growing inside her body. In "Memory of a Dead Moment," the children meet the village idiot hiding in an orange grove, who turns out to be quite benign. In "Room Number 10," a devoted son accompanies his elderly father to the doctor and shares the humiliation of old age, while "The Shezaf Case" focuses on a soldier who is held responsible for an act he did not commit and is haunted by the incident for years.
A long-awaited work by this major Hebrew writer.
The heart of Kenaz's stories does not lie in the apparent banality of the events; it lies in what is not said or is only alluded to. “The Black Bag," is an almost Chekhovian story of loneliness.
Writing of rare beauty… This is real literature.
What grips you immediately in Kenaz’s work is the atmosphere that he creates… His stories are unsettling; they have something chilling and hypnotic about them; they function like a magnifying glass, enlarging at will the ever-open wounds of a country still in search of itself.
Le Monde des livres
The power of this book lies in the humble refusal at its heart: the darkness will not be illuminated artificially, the strange will not become familiar.
Partial English translation available (for publishers only)