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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409075417
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

Rhyming Life and Death

Now reissued in beautiful new backlist style, reality and fiction blend in an ingenious short novel from the celebrated author of A Tale of Love and Darkness

An unnamed author waits in a bar in Tel Aviv on a stifling hot night. He is there to give a reading of his work but as he sits, bored, he begins to conjure up the life stories of the people he meets. Later, when the reading is done he asks a woman for a drink. She declines and the author walks away, only to climb the steps to her flat, later that night. Or does he?

In Amos Oz's beguiling, intriguing story the reader never really knows where reality ends and invention begins...

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409075417
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

About the author

Amos Oz

Born in Jerusalem in 1939, Amos Oz was the internationally acclaimed author of many novels and essay collections, translated into over forty languages, including his brilliant semi-autobiographical work, A Tale of Love and Darkness. His last novel, Judas, was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017 and won the Yasnaya Polyana Foreign Fiction Award. He received several international awards, including the Prix Femina, the Israel Prize, the Goethe Prize, the Frankfurt Peace Prize and the 2013 Franz Kafka Prize. He died in December 2018.

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Praise for Rhyming Life and Death

Delightful...a meditation, on the art of writing, the relationship between literature and life, between life and death...the work of a master. A book you are likely to return to'


'Oz writes with fluency and a sly humour'

Daily Mail

'A playful and meditative examination of old age, literary posterity and the juxtaposition between literature and real life'


'Beautifully balanced between humour and sorrow'

Literary Review

In this slim yet weighty new novel, Oz explores the sparring between reality and fantasy, shedding light on the mysterious inner workings of the creative process itself, as if presenting an X-ray of an author's mind at work

Anita Sethi, Indepedent on Sunday

Read this book. When you are done, read it again. Each time you'll find something different, I promise.


'A master class in interlocking character sketches, and a fable on the themes of sex, death and writing pitched somewhere between the fictional universes of JM Coetzee and Milan Kundera'


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