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Dolly City [Paperback]

Orly Castel
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Oct. 5 2010 Hebrew Literature Series

" Dolly City -- a city without a base, without a past, without an infrastructure. The most demented city in the world." In the midst of a futuristic-primitive metropolis, the accumulation of all our urban nightmares, Doctor Dolly (certified by the University of Katmandu) finds a newborn baby in a black plastic bag, and decides to become a mother. Overcome by unfamiliar maternal urges, Dolly dispenses with her private lab of rare diseases and turns all her surgical passion onto her son, who she names "Son." Ceaselessly cutting and sewing, Dolly is the scalpel-wielding version of the all-too-familiar Jewish Mother, forever operating upon her son with destructive, invasive love. In this grotesque satire of war and the defensive measures taken to survive it, Orly Castel-Bloom, one of Israel's most provocative and original writers, turns her own scalpel upon that most holy of institutions, the myth of motherhood -- and its implications in the work of a nation. Gruesome, irreverent, and hilarious, Dolly City is widely recognized as one of the most disconcerting -- and brilliant -- works ever written in Hebrew.


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Castel-Bloom is one of Israel's most original and outrageous writers. She pushes her themes to the limits, often to the cutting edge of madness. Her masterpiece, the novel Dolly City, takes on the theme of motherhood with the blackest of humor . . . With energy and a sense of play, Castel-Bloom reveals the nihilism, violence and sadism seething within us all.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and exasperating literary adventure Oct. 14 2003
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Format:Paperback
A kinetic and grotesque trip, which I found initially engaging but gradually alienating and dulling, as more and more I felt it was a picaresque exercise in stream-of-consciousness writing. Fans of J.Joyce's ULYSSES will be interested but perhaps like me driven to despair if they seek ultimate coherence in the thought-riot. Certainly an interesting and extreme permutation of what James Wood has now coined as Hysterical Realism, this being Hystrionic Surrealism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars flat earth fiction Nov. 2 2012
By Grant - Published on Amazon.com
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Added the rare fifth star because it is the first book in a while that wrecked a whole day; could not leave it alone. Perverse and brilliant. Thanks for translating this extraordinary author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Read Human Parts First Aug. 15 2007
By Eric Maroney - Published on Amazon.com
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In order to fully understand and appreciate Dolly City, it is helpful to first read Castel-Bloom's more traditionally structured and written Human Parts. With Human Parts as a reading guide, Dolly City becomes a bit more intelligible for the reader unready for Castel-Bloom's flights of surreal fancy. Castel-Bloom is fixated with the sense of insecurity in the lives of individual people in the State of Israel, and Dolly City is the extreme, deranged expression of this. Nothing is taken for granted in Dolly City, both the novel and the fictitious city of the same name. Anything can happen at any time, and the characters are both unprepared for a response, have the wrong response, no response at all, or overreact to life's demands. So this work can be a jarring novel to read: there is an inescapable sense of dread on each page, of infinite possibility, and as if live itself is not a given anymore, but derangement heading straight to death.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and exasperating literary adventure Oct. 14 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A kinetic and grotesque trip, which I found initially engaging but gradually alienating and dulling, as more and more I felt it was a picaresque exercise in stream-of-consciousness writing. Fans of J.Joyce's ULYSSES will be interested but perhaps like me driven to despair if they seek ultimate coherence in the thought-riot. Certainly an interesting and extreme permutation of what James Wood has now coined as Hysterical Realism, this being Hystrionic Surrealism.
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