By Assaf Gavron
"[An] unique and strong writer…. His transparent and sincere writing blasts all the way through the clichés and the politically right floor to the touch the chaotic and ambiguous middle of the Israeli identity.” —Etgar Keret
“In a stunning reveal of empathy, Gavron creates both compelling narrators, the bomber and his sufferer. it is a virtuoso paintings; a pitch-perfect rendering of actual Israeli lifestyles in all its chaos, power, humor and terror. I couldn’t placed it down.” — Geraldine Brooks
Politically wrong, provocative, and steeped in wit and irony, Almost Dead is a fast paced tragicomic novel concerning the completely traditional insanity in today’s heart East.
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Rags, iron, paper ragman as his wooden cart rumbled through the — . . of Burgdorf. He rang his bell as he chanted, "Lumpen, Eisen, Papier. " In back of his cart stood a scale where he weighed old clothes and metal and paper before counting out streets . . coins from the leather pouch at his waist. " The ragman's name was pen, Eisen, Papier. Herr Benotti. He was from Italy and always wore a white shirt, even when he unloaded his day's gathering in the fenced yard behind his house on Lindenstrasse.
Eventually, the entire town would pretend along with the butcher, even the taxidermist who'd traded him the uniform, and the next generation would be — — — — fed that illusion as history. It was like that with many other events, and it took courage for the few, who would preserve the texture of the truth, not to let its fibers slip beneath the web of silence and collusion which people often with the best of intentions spun to sustain and protect one another. Trudi's father, who had been back so much longer than the other men, was nudged into an — — 39 informal leadership as the returning soldiers looked toward him to reintroduce them to the life they had left.
Her mother's features were distorted with the effort of straining for yet another breath that filled the room and made Trudi though she herself were suffocating. , you could stop bad things from happening. feel as — When her mother's dreadful breathing finally stopped, Trudi was relieved at the silence until the nurse bent over the bed to close her mother's eyelids. , and Trudi's father stopped her by grasping those wrists. Then Trudi ran. From the room. Down the corridor. Past opened doors. At the end of the corridor, the nurse caught her by the locked metal gate.
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