- Paperback: 101 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Westview S/Dis (Jan 20 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0813314275
- ISBN-13: 978-0813314273
- Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 358 g
Brenner's novel excels, however, similar creations (e.g. Leivick's "Shop") on a number of counts: it was fortunate to find a top-class tranlator (Webber Prize 1989), and in itself it employs an interesting variety of literary techniques (journal, stream of consciousness, a certain drama-like quality when the narrator disappears for long spells, and some powerful albeit feverish storytelling when he checks back in). The novel goes beyond the usual socio-economic agit-prop of the time: Brenner, something of a celebrity in the Hebrew literature of the day, is more focused on ethical issues, with his compelling insistence on heroic responsibility for one's actions and compassion for others.
With its decent plot-weaving and some good comical sketches, this is a thoroughly readable book.