This is a personal book of events and people, arranged alphabetically, drawn from the chequered life of a great Israeli writer. An apparently arbitrary order that forswears the pretension of an autobiography, and offers instead a jigsaw puzzle hinting at a self portrait, enigmatic and riveting.
Dan Tsalka, born in Warsaw just before WWII, fled with his parents to Russia and Kazakhstan, spent years in Paris, London, Rome and Amsterdam and lived in Tel-Aviv, where he died on June 2005. He is the author of the acclaimed novel A Thousand Hearts and many other novels, stories, poems and essays.
"The Sapir prize does justice to this witty, elegant and profound prose writer, who can always surprise us again."
"The recognition of the extraordinary quality of the book does honour to the jury and even more so to the rare elegance of Tsalka's artistry."
"There is no bound to the charms of this book."
"Tsalka knows how to tell a story and provoke thinking. He has something to say. It is worth listening to."