Life On Sandpaper
Translated by Anthony Berris
Collection Hebrew Literature Series
A whirlwind of art, music, and lust, Life on Sandpaper is Yoram Kaniuk's overwhelming autobiographical novel detailing his years as a young painter in the New York of the '50s. Wounded and alienated, a war veteran at the age of nineteen, Kaniuk arrives in Greenwich Village at its peak period of artistic creativity, and finds his way among such cultural giants as Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Willem de Kooning, Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra. In terse prose, inspired by the associative and breathless drive of bebop, Kaniuk's memories race between the ecstatic devotion of his beloved Harlem jazz clubs, through the ideological spats of the dying Yiddish world of the Lower East Side, to the volcanic gush of passion, pain, art, dance, alcohol, and drugs that was Greenwich Village. Kanuik's stories roll and tumble here with hypnotic urgency, as if this were his last opportunity to remember, and tell, before all is obliterated.
Nb of pages 400 p.
Publication Date 01 February 2011
Nb of pages 400
List Price $15.95
"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
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