“Astonishing . . . galvanic and intoxicating.” —The New Yorker
Fima lives in Jerusalem, but feels he ought to be somewhere else. In his life he has had secret love affairs, good ideas, and written a book of poems that aroused expectations. He has thought about the purpose of the universe and where the country lost its way. He has felt longings of all sorts, and the constant desire to pen a new chapter. And here he is now, in his early fifties in a shabby apartment on a gloomy wet morning, engaged in a humiliating struggle to release his shirt from the zipper of his fly. With wit and insight, Amos Oz portrays a man—and a generation—dreaming noble dreams but doing nothing.
“One of Oz’s most memorable fictional creations . . . Fima is a cross between Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and Joyce’s Leopold Bloom.” — Washington Post
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
AMOS OZ was born in Jerusalem in 1939. He is the author of fourteen novels and collections of short fiction as well as numerous works of nonfiction. His acclaimed memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness was an international bestseller and recipient of the prestigious Goethe Prize, as well as the National Jewish Book Award. Scenes from Village Life, a New York Times Notable Book, was awarded the Prix Méditerranée Étranger in 2010. He lives in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Efraim Fima is a fatally flawed anti-hero, alternately a schlemiel and a schlimazel; which is not to say that he and his compatriots in the Amos Oz novel "Fima," written in 1991, have nothing or very little or little to offer us. The conception of the main character and his situations are challenging. The human interest -- human interaction story is sometimes intense and brilliantly done and sometimes not. The writing is inconsistent, sometimes brilliant and sometimes not. The look at life in the late 1980's that Fima affords held my interest throughout. Amos Oz is to be read. The inconsistencies are the problems but this book is definitely worth reading.