By Marek Hłasko
"Blowtorch of a unique . . . matchless and prescient."—Publishers Weekly
"Spokesman if you happen to have been offended and beat . . . turbulent, temperamental, and tortured."—The manhattan Times
"A self-taught author with an uncanny present for narrative and discussion . . . a born insurgent and troublemaker of vast charm."—Roman Polanski
In this novel of breathtaking stress and sweltering love, determined buddies at the fringe of the law—one of them tricky and gutsy, the opposite small and scared—travel to the southern Israeli urban of Eilat to discover paintings. There, Dov Ben Dov, the good-looking local Israeli with a name for inflicting difficulty, and Israel, his sidekick, stick with Ben Dov's lately married more youthful brother, Little Dov, who has adequate hassle of his personal. neighborhood toughs are encroaching on Little Dov's company, and he enlists his older brother to force them away. It doesn't support attractive German widow named Ursula is rooming round the corner. What follows is a narrative of ardour, deception, violence, and betrayal, all conveyed in hardboiled prose equivalent to Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, with a cinematic type that might make Humphrey Bogart and Marlon Brando eco-friendly with envy.
Marek Hlasko, often called the James Dean of japanese Europe, used to be exiled from Communist Poland and spent his existence wandering the globe. He died in 1969 of an overdose of alcohol and sound asleep capsules in Wiesbaden, Germany.
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