Against the backdrop of New York of the last five years, and in the shadow of the collapse of the World Trade Center, Shmuel, the narrator, draws an intimate map of his disasters. A mysterious bleeding leads to a series of medical exams, and uncovers the first step in a process of sex change. Lonely and confused in a foreign city, he desperately falls in love with a man who does not requite his love. Volcanoes are erupting, giant towers are collapsing, and in the background one can still hear an ancient gun shot that was meant to miss its target, but nevertheless hit and hurt. In one of the most original books written in recent years Zvi Triger examines the puzzling distinction we tend to take for granted, namely, the distinction between man and woman.
Zvi Triger studied theater at Tel Aviv University and law at Tel Aviv and New York Universities. He currently teaches courses in law and gender studies at the College of Management School of Law in Rishon LeZion, Israel. He wrote In Case of Emergency while living in New York City in 1999-2004, and that city is one of the main characters in the novel.
"An impressive and ambitious debut novel... Superbly sophisticated images and metaphors... With rare sensitivity Triger draws a hopeful map of the psyche."
Timeout Tel Aviv
"Reading Zvi Triger's novel is like listening to a concert and watching a thriller at the same time. The constant movement between these two non-verbal arts is what makes for a truly rare reading experience... It is tempting to read this book quickly, but one should read it slowly and quietly."
"The phraseology of the physical pain has a momentum that gives In Case of Emergency a unique rhetorical and emotional force, and renders it an impressive and ambitious novel."
"An Impressive novel, compelling, and mesmerizing... Triger's language is rich and multilayered... Truly excellent writing."