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Stalin is Dead: Stories and Aphorisms on Animals, Poets and Other Earthly Creatures

by Rachel Shihor, Nicole Krauss and Ornan Rotem Sylph Editions
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Pbk 140 pages
AU$49.99 NZ$51.30
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In this playfully designed dual-language edition, Rachel Shihor's stories - published here for the first time in the original Hebrew - appear alongside Ornan Rotem's English translation. Shihor offers a medley of aphorisms, flash fiction, and short stories, carving out a slice of a world in which Kafka would feel at home. The characters that inhabit this world - reckless she-goats, morose fish, somnambulistic theologians, and poignant old ladies, not to mention dying dictators and dead poets - have nothing in common save for the fact that they instruct us on the human condition.

In her introduction, Nicole Krauss, author of The History of Love, confirms, 'Only a master could make such originality feel inevitable. The only question is why so few people have had the chance to read her.' These edifying stories, with all their sadness and humour, are a writer's tour de force and a reader's delight.

Foreword by Nicole Krauss
A She-Goat and Seven Kids
Stalin is Dead
A Recollection
The Nursery Teacher
My Mother
The Retired Judge
The Tiniest Animal
The Future of Old Women
The Former Mayor’s Ancient Daughter
The Bridge
The Train
The Royal Prince
Meanwhile in Ein Karem
Mr Zimmermann
Religions are a Curse
The Bus
The Dead
The Third Brother
The Tower of Babel
The Fly
Two Flies
The Punished
I Left a Bad Impression
The Concert
The Piano Tuner
Rumour Had It
The Trusting Fish
A Fish Meets His Fate
My Forefathers
The Mouse Who Had an Operation
I Fell Ill and Then I Got Better
The Guest
Background Noises
The Next Steps
The Diary of an Employee
The National Poet and His Adversaries
The Trees
My Father
The Door
The Stranger
The Drawer That Got Stuck
Pascal’s Wager
Poets I
Poets II
Notes on the Typograms

Rachel Shihor has taught philosophy at Tel Aviv University. She is the author of The Vast Kingdom, The Tel Avivians, and Days Bygone, the last available from Sylph Editions. Ornan Rotem is a book designer, translator, and publisher of Sylph Editions. He lives and works in London.