As in in the and the Frightened, Yael Dayan sets her new novel in Israel. The building of a city in the desert brings...

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As in in the and the Frightened, Yael Dayan sets her new novel in Israel. The building of a city in the desert brings together an assorted lot of individuals, some with pasts, some with futures. Yardena the young schoolteacher meets Davil, graduate of concentration camps, a man haunted by his dead family and unable or unwilling to give them up. Fresh for life, Yardena struggles with David's ghosts to win him back to life, but instead succumbs to them, joining them in death while David goes forth unfettered...There are other characters on this faint landscape, among them Leni, who casts aside his stone collecting nihilism to bestow his love upon the earthy Rita, who has sought him out in the wilderness; Marks the ex-convict trying to start his life anew; the architect who created the city...Despite its rush toward meaning, there is a certain obtuseness here that blocks inevitability and any real sense of truth.

Pub Date: Feb. 18, 1962

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: World

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1962