Synopses & Reviews
"Endless surprise twists and hilarious scenes. The finale leaves one happily astonished."-Elena Loewenthal, La Stampa
"Starts out as a psychological drama and becomes a strange, funny, unexpected hybrid: a farce thriller. A great book."-Ma'ariv
Ilan, a middle-aged professor of astrophysics, discovers that his young wife is having an affair. Terrified of losing her, he decides to confront her lover instead. Their meeting ends in the latter's murder-the unlikely murder weapon being Ilan's pipe-and in desperation, Ilan disposes of the body in the fresh grave of his kindergarten teacher. But when the body is discovered . . .
Edna Mazyais one of Israel's most lauded and popular playwrights. In 1997 she received the Margalit Prize for her play Family Story. Her plays include The Uncle from Capetown, The Rebels, and Herod. This is her first novel.
"In this surprisingly fresh, deeply sardonic debut novel from a famed Israeli playwright, obsessive love drives a middle-aged man to murder. Ilhan, a brilliant astrophysics professor whose life revolves around his young wife, Naomi, tries desperately to hang on to reality after uncovering her passionate affair with a charismatic nature photographer. Burdened by anxiety and self-doubt which he treats with calls to mom and plenty of Valium cocktails the professor tries to ignore the romance in the hope it will fizzle. His eventual confrontation with Naomi's alluring lover turns homicidal, resulting in the photographer's late-night burial in the relatively new grave of Ilhan's dead kindergarten teacher. Piling guilt and paranoia on top of overwhelming angst, the neurotic professor struggles to keep his macabre secret from Naomi, and from Anton, his buddy who just happens to be a detective. It shouldn't add up, but Mayza, in first-person narration that shifts jarringly from matter-of-fact to vertiginous, makes Ilhan at once identifiable and deeply alien. She skillfully conveys a personality in collapse, while satirizing every one of the clichs to which it succumbs." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Mazya was born in 1949. She is one of Israel's most lauded and popular playwrights. In 1997 she received the Margalit Prize for her play Family Story. Her perfomed plays include Wien by the Sea, The Uncle from Capetown, Games in the Backyard, The Rebels, and Herod.