Books by Israel Metter

THE FIFTH CORNER OF THE ROOM by Israel Metter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"As regards the ideas, toward the protection of which he devoted such incalculable effort, he no longer had occasion to think about them'') destroys whatever small effect of flow the original might have, draping the prose in stiff and stilted gauze."
A dry but interestingly veined little book by Leningrad writer Metter in which an old man, a very minor academic, after giving a not especially important lecture, is waylaid by a woman acquaintance from his past—an encounter that subsequently calls up pinched spasms of memory and reflection in the form of a letter from the man to the woman. Read full book review >