Netanya

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The "plot" of Dror Burstein's dazzling meditation consists of nothing more than the author's lying on a bench, looking up at the night sky. What results from this simple action is, however, a monologue whose scope is both personal and cosmic, with Burstein's thoughts ricocheting between stories from his past and visions of the origin and end of the universe. The result is a fascinating blend of reminiscence, fiction, and amateur science, seeking to convey not only a personal story but the big picture in which the...

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Overview

The "plot" of Dror Burstein's dazzling meditation consists of nothing more than the author's lying on a bench, looking up at the night sky. What results from this simple action is, however, a monologue whose scope is both personal and cosmic, with Burstein's thoughts ricocheting between stories from his past and visions of the origin and end of the universe. The result is a fascinating blend of reminiscence, fiction, and amateur science, seeking to convey not only a personal story but the big picture in which the saga of life on Earth and of the stars that surround it have the same status as anecdotes about one's aunts and uncles. With a tip of the hat to W. G. Sebald and Yoel Hoffmann, Netanya seeks to transform human history into an intimate family story, and demonstrates how the mind at play can bring a little warmth into a cold universe.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564789235
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 11/14/2013
  • Pages: 225
  • Sales rank: 1,009,262
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dror Burstein was born in 1970 in Netanya, Israel, and lives in Tel Aviv. He teaches at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as well as at Tel Aviv University, edits programs for Israel Radio’s music station, and writes literary and art reviews. He has been awarded the Bernstein Prize (2005) and the Prime Minister’s Prize (2006).

Todd Hasak-Lowy is Assistant
Professor of Hebrew Literature at the University of Florida. His first collection of short stories, The
Task of This Translator, was published in 2005; his debut novel,
Captives, appeared in 2008.

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