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Petty Business (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art) Hardcover – November 24, 2017
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[A] decisive literary victory, a real celebration . . . the precise observations of Philip Roth, the grotesque wildness of Hanoch Levin, and the sharp melancholy of Ephraim Kishon. . . . A humorous novel that is motivated by empathy rather than sarcasm and manages to be both entertaining and deeply moving. (Omri Herzog Ha’aretz)
Pinkus is an original talent, whose work is funny, compassionate and finely etched. (Sandee Brawarsky Jewish Week)
The first few episodes of Petty Business bring Honoré de Balzac’s César Birotteau to mind . . . but Pinkus chooses wisely not to show its protagonists in their fall. . . . [It] is not the grand novel about the end of Israeli petit bourgeoisie but a depiction of its last few moments of grace, and it is a wonderful depiction. (Motti Fogel Achbar Ha’Ir)
A very funny yet tragic book, a unique work in the history of Israeli literature and one of only a handful of
works that relates to the great humoristic tradition of Eastern European Jewish literature in Hebrew and Yiddish. Highly recommended. (Yaron Peleg Kennedy Leigh Lecturer in Modern Hebrew Studies, University of Cambridge)
A refreshing, realistic portrayal of the city of Tel Aviv and a rare depiction of middle-aged, petty bourgeois characters who don’t usually find their way into Israeli fiction. (Philip Hollander assistant professor, Center for Jewish Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison)
Petty Business is a delight you rarely come across: a hilarious, engaging, tender comedy about the phenomenon known as family. From page one you give in to Pinkus’s confident and unconstrained loving celebration of humanity, which is as true to 1980s north Tel Aviv as it would be to anytime and anywhere you'd find families, and livelihood. (Assaf Gavron author of The Hilltop)
Evan Fallenberg and Yardenne Greenspan have beautifully translated…the 2012 bestseller Petty Business. It’s a dazzling mosaic of hilarity and heartbreak that boldly goes against the grain of the usual subjects of much of Israeli fiction. (Ranen Omer-Sherman The Jewish Book Council)
Petty Business…satirically portrays the life of a family of Tel Aviv store owners with both fondness and humor over one year….Pinkus’ mastery of language is every bit equal to that of his visual medium, and translators Evan Fallenberg and Yardena Greenspan do a fine job of conveying his varied prose into English. (David Cooper New York Journal of Books)
This sensitive and humorous novel depicts a bourgeois Tel Aviv family in the last moments of a dying era.
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