A bedraggled detective is dispatched to an IDF base where a man was burned alive while making a training film. An art student in Paris breaks into a morgue to recreate Mantegna’s Lamentation of Christ. A scripture (with commentary!) tells of a mythical nation uniting to construct a monument to their deity, then falling into chaos when no one can agree on its precise form or dimensions. Hailed from publication as one of the finest novels ever written in Hebrew, A Room is in the league of Gravity’s Rainbow or The Recognitions: a monumental, subversive classic of twentieth-century literature.
“A searing statement about the dangerous and comical insanity of artistic pretensions and of the unavoidable shattering of these pretensions … A book that is both terrible and terrific.” —Amos Oz