Who Will Die Last: Stories of Life in Israelby David Ehrlich
Hilarious and sad at the same time, Ehrlich's collection of short stories, Who Will Die Last is an original and moving work of fiction. Ever deeply humane, the author takes his characters on a tantalizing journey through their souls. His understated style transforms even a heartbreaking plot into an uplifting and funny story. Israel's special history, landscapes, and conflicts add to the drama and passion of the book. Ehrlich's themes relate to gay life in Israel, the pull of loneliness, and the power of community. Rather than a single translator, this collection employs a variety of translators, reflecting in many ways the luminous diversity of voices in the stories.
One of the most powerful stories grapples with the universal response of soldiers who leave the military to enter the civilian world. "It's that emptiness, when there are no exercises or maneuvers to prepare for, when no one needs you on the double, when you feel lower than low..."
Of the twenty-one short stories, one particular topic is explored more than others, the issue of being gay in Israel.
While reading these stories a range of emotions will be experienced from sadness to humor. The collection editor, Ken Frieden said it best in the preface, "[Israel] is an enigmatic country that is as magical as it is haunted by harsh realities," which is reflected in these short stories.
- Syracuse University Press
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Meet the Author
David Ehrlich is the author of two short story collections in Hebrew, 18 Blue (Yediot Aharonot Press, 2003) and Tuesday and Thursday Mornings (Yediot Aharonot Press, 1999). His bookstore Tmol Shilshom is a haven for avant-garde artists and writers, the site of numerous readings by eminent authors, and inspired books such as Nathan Englander's For the Relief of Unbearable Urges.
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