Death of Lysanda: Two Novellas

Yitzhak Orpaz (Author), Richard Flint (Translator) and David Zaraf (Translator)

Book Details

Format: EPUB

Page count: 192 pages

File size: 334 KB

Protection: DRM

Language: English

This volume collects two macabre novellas by one of Israel’s greatest authors: The Death of Lysanda, which tells the story of a taxidermist heading steadily into insanity, and Ants, about an invasion of household insects forcing a doomed marriage into crisis. The Death of Lysanda collects two macabre novellas by one of Israel’s greatest poets. In the title piece, we meet Naphtali Noi, a recently divorced proofreader, critic, and “creative” taxidermist, given to hallucinations and soon perhaps to add murder to his hobbies. Ants tells the story of a married couple, Jacob and Rachel, who discover that an army of the titular insects is threatening to destroy their rooftop apartment—but Rachel seems to be on their side rather than her husband’s. In fragmented prose halfway between the Old Testament and the playful experiments of Julio Cortazar, these tales take to pieces the psyches of two men—and a nation—at war with themselves.