Autobiography

Life on Sandpaper (Hebrew Literature Series)

By Yoram Kaniuk

Susan Sontag writes: "Of the novelists i've got came across in translation... the 3 for whom i've got the best admiration are Gabriel Garc?a M?rquez, Peter Handke, and Yoram Kaniuk."

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I stated that perhaps he was once jealous simply because he proposal that the boy was once sicker than him. Hughie confirmed me his diaries, which have been virtually totally incomprehensible, yet they'd a couple of lucid sentences in terms of how Hughie had sneaked into the dog’s room with an electrical shaver after which with a battery-operated radio and later with a typewriter and the way he’d taught the puppy to style and the way the puppy made touch with the area during the desktop and the way Hughie and the puppy had corresponded and the way, a yr later, Hughie had taught the puppy to talk—but additionally how whenever Hughie made growth with the boy-dog he’d make himself in poor health back and insult the boy and either one of them may withdraw yet then Hughie could return and get drawn to the puppy back virtually even with himself, and that i discovered how, along with his energy, he ultimately made the boy get up and in a while get better thoroughly and while Hughie recovered in addition. This tale approximately how lonely canines cured themselves captivated me. I sat within the medical institution mesmerized. The boy, who had recovered after a four-year confinement within the stench of his personal isolation, tied up and speechless, left the health center fit, along with his mom and dad looking forward to him. Hughie used to be satisfied and went to the cafeteria with me, took a pitcher, requested how a lot it fee, and the man in the back of the counter stated thirty cents, so Hughie paid and threw it opposed to the wall and stated, That sonofabitch should be fit! per week later Sandy was once discharged, and that i acknowledged that the tale may make an outstanding motion picture and she or he agreed and we determined to write down a tv play in keeping with it. She acknowledged that given that she’d simply gotten out of the sanatorium she didn’t believe as much as writing simply but, yet she’d positioned her identify on no matter what I got here up with. So I wrote the synopsis and he or she despatched it to Playhouse ninety and in the future she got here to my house bare, a bottle of whiskey in her hand, shouting, Do you bear in mind Hughie and the boy? certain, I spoke back. Joyously she introduced, I’ve offered the variation I did of your edition to Playhouse ninety! i used to be in surprise. After a couple of month notwithstanding they rejected what she’d written since it used to be too life like, too miserable. I guessed she’d taken out Hughie’s black humor and so they acknowledged she’d primarily performed The Snake Pit II with out the affection, the jealousy, the humor, and that i determined I’d had sufficient of her, yet I felt undesirable for her, or even even though she’d damage me i presumed I needed to store her and get her married off so she’d have an opportunity at staying alive. She had suffered lots and that i idea she deserved anything strong in her existence. I had a pal, Steve Scheuer. He was once the founder and proprietor of the television Key column that gave the week’s tv application instances in addition to solid and team, ideas, a little gossip, etc. The column used to be a true luck tale. Steve’s father, a Jewish emigrant, had dreamed of the rustic whose streets have been paved with gold. good, the gold wasn’t at the streets, yet now and then he earned good and at others now not so good. in the future he used to be strolling down what’s now Park street.

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