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Life on Sandpaper (Hebrew Literature Series) Paperback – 1 Mar 2011

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I am convinced that he is one of the masters of contemporary fiction. There is his inordinate technical skill, fecundity of incident and character, and overall intensity.

The problems posed by Yoram Kaniuk go to the heart of modern man's deepest longings and emotional needs. His keen vision is unhesitatingly centered on what history may regard as the most characteristic experience of our unfortunate age, and this is true of few writers today. He is an enormous talent, both as an artificer of plot and as a virtuoso of language.

About the Author

Yoram Kaniuk was born in Tel Aviv in 1930. A novelist, painter, and journalist, Kaniuk has published moer than thirty books of fiction and cultural commentary.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x91351910) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
HASH(0x912003d8) out of 5 stars a bit long but very interesting 3 Aug. 2013
By Myra - Published on
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kaniuk lived in an amazing time and knew many of the artists, musicians and "stars" of that time in new york. i recommend it.
HASH(0x9120206c) out of 5 stars Four Stars 18 July 2015
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all ok
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HASH(0x912023fc) out of 5 stars Fabulist Author A Hero In His Own Mind 3 Aug. 2011
By Tony Buscemi - Published on
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Summary: In the 1950s, the protagonist/author in this fictive memoir meets everybody famous in the NYC art and music scene and becomes their very good Israeli friend. Later on , our hero sidedoor marries his way into American "aristocracy" and , with his trophy bride under his arm, sails back to Israel to begin the rest of his life.

Filled with gratuitous name dropping and badly manufactured stereotypes, Life on Sandpaper seems to be just another bad novel that has nothing at all to do with what really happened in intersubjective reality. But, nevertheless, its fabulist protagonist/author remains a hero in his own mind.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9120260c) out of 5 stars Dark humour 29 April 2011
By Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso' - Published on
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The Master's attempt at wacky is seriously alarming, and more surreal than autobiographical, to judge by the 9-page excerpt (not described as such) I read in last winter's TLR. Puts me in mind of Tova Reich (Master of the Return? a joy!); one Anthony Berris does a sterling job on the translation. Gives hope to all us under-80-year-olds - at least those not of a depressive disposition!
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