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Scenes from Village Life

by Amos Oz

Scenes from Village Life
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  • First Published:
    Oct 2011, 192 pages
    Paperback:
    Sep 2012, 208 pages

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A collection of mysterious and melancholic short stories that are a meditation on life and culture in Israel

What is the common thread shared by a book of stories? What is it about each one that determines its inclusion with the others? Scenes from Village Life, Amos Oz's latest collection, provides us with a treasure trove of ideas to ponder.

While initially these stories seem to be very much about Israeli life and culture, in fact, they are so much more. They speak of relationships each one of us wrestles with at some time - with ourselves, with the land, and with mortality (to name a few). Each one is achingly evocative and haunting, and though all the stories stand alone, main characters in one sometimes appear in the background of another; the idea being that no matter how solitary our lives may seem, we are a part of others' narratives as well - past, present, and future.

Oz sets his stories in the fictional farming village of Tel Ilan, the goings on of which serve as a parable for...

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