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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press (Oct. 5 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564786102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564786104
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 0.2 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #996,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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flat earth fiction Nov. 2 2012
By Grant - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.
If you can stand remanding the first chapter you will end up loving it! July 28 2014
By nadia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Shocks at first. Almost repulsed by the situations described. Feel like throwing up. How can a mother.... ? Will I be able to read further without being haunted by horrible scenes of a mom cutting her baby - out of love...?
But then, slowly but surely, sentence after sentence, chapter after chapter, entering Dolly's world, I got 'used to' and almost anticipated the horrors; not frightened anymore; climbing to the next level, to the 'metaphor'.
Must have taken great courage to dare writing this amazing book. Courage or necessity. I will definitely read it again and probably again. Great work!
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Read Human Parts First Aug. 15 2007
By Eric Maroney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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