By Amos Oz
Tragic, comedian, and completely sincere, this bestselling and significantly acclaimed new paintings by way of "one of Israel's such a lot proficient and prolific authors" (Helen Epstein, The ahead) is right now a kin saga and a mystical self-portrait of a author who witnessed the delivery of a kingdom and lived via its turbulent history.
It is the tale of a boy turning out to be up within the war-torn Jerusalem of the 40's and fifties, in a small residence crowded with books in twelve languages and kin conversing approximately as many. the tale of a youngster whose existence has been replaced without end by means of his mother's suicide while he was once twelve years outdated. the tale of a guy who leaves the limitations of his kin and its neighborhood of dreamers, students, and failed businessmen to hitch a kibbutz, swap his identify, marry, have little ones. the tale of a author who turns into an energetic player within the political lifetime of his kingdom.
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And so I learned the secret of diversity. Life is made up of different avenues. Everything can happen in one of several ways, according to different musical scores and parallel logics. Each of these parallel logics is consistent and coherent on its own terms, perfect in itself, indifferent to all the others. In the days that followed I spent hours on end arranging my little library, twenty or thirty books that I dealt and shuffled like a pack of cards, rearranging them in all sorts of different ways.
Between the rush mat, the legs of the furniture, and the space under my bed I sometimes discovered not only unknown islands but new stars, solar systems, entire galaxies. If I'm ever put in prison, no doubt I'll miss my freedom and one or two other things, but I'll never suffer from boredom so long as I'm allowed to have a box of dominoes, a pack of cards, a couple of boxes of matches or a handful of buttons. I'll spend my days arranging and rearranging them, moving them apart and together, forming little compositions.
But I tried an experiment, I hung upside down by my legs from a pipe attached to the wall, and after a couple of minutes all the blood rushed to my head and I felt I was going to faint. And Mussolini and his mistress were hung like that not for a couple of minutes but for three days and nights, and that was after they were killed! I thought that was an excessively cruel punishment. Even for a murderer. Even for a mistress. Not that I had the faintest idea what a mistress was. In those days there wasn't a single mistress in all of Jerusalem.