Scenes from Village Life

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Scenes from Village Life

By Amos Oz; Nicholas De Lange (Translator)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), Hardcover, 9780547483368, 182pp.

Publication Date: October 18, 2011

Informed by everything, weighed down by nothing, this is an exquisite work of art. "The Scotsman"
Strange things are happening in Tel Ilan, a century-old pioneer village. A disgruntled retired politician complains to his daughter that he hears the sound of digging at night. Could it be their tenant, that young Arab? But then the young Arab hears the digging sounds too. Where has the mayor's wife gone, vanished without trace, her note saying Don t worry about me ? Around the village, the veneer of new wealth gourmet restaurants, art galleries, a winery barely conceals the scars of war and of past generations: disused air raid shelters, rusting farm tools, and trucks left wherever they stopped. "Scenes from Village Life" is a memorable novel-in-stories by the inimitable Amos Oz: a brilliant, unsettling glimpse of what goes on beneath the surface of everyday life.
Translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange

About the Author
AMOS OZwas born in Jerusalem in 1939. He is the author of fourteen novels and collections of short fiction, and numerous works of nonfiction. His acclaimed memoir "A Tale of Love and Darkness" was an international bestseller and recipient of the prestigious Goethe Prize, as well as the National Jewish Book Award. "Scenes from Village Life", a "New York Times" Notable Book, was awarded the Prix Mediterranee Etranger in 2010. He lives in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Nicholas de Lange is Professor of Hebrew and Jewish Studies in the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. A distinguished scholar and translator, he is author of The Penguin Dictionary of Judaism (2008), Modern Judaism: An Oxford Guide (2005) edited with Miri Freud-Kandel, and of an edited translation of Colette Sirat's Hebrew Manuscripts of the Middle Ages (2002, 2008).

Praise For Scenes from Village Life

A "thought provoking collection... Filled with tension and allegory, Oz's perceptive tales explore the nuance and alienation of transitioning states."

 "Finely wrought... Oz writes characterizations that are subtle but surgically precise, rendering this work a powerfully understated treatment of an uneasy Israeli conscience."
-Publishers Weekly, starred "Highly recommended."
-Library Journal, starred   UK Praise for SCENES FROM VILLAGE LIFE:   "An impressive and very affecting achievement...These stories, in their humanity, may do more for Israel than any of the decisions we have been led to expect of its leaders in the months to come."
-New Statesman   "One of the most powerful books you will read about present-day Israel."
-Jewish Chronicle