Dolly City

Dolly City

Book - 2010
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Gruesome, unhinged, and hilarious, Dolly City is widely recognized as one of the most disconcerting--and brilliant--literary works ever to come out of Israel.
Publisher: Champaign : Dalkey Archive Press, 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781564786104
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 167 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Bilu, Dalya


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Jan 13, 2016

Dolly City on the surface seems bizarre and impenetrable. However, after the initial shock (the reader may be taken aback by casually presented scenes of mutilation, botched surgery, murder, etc), the text reveals itself to be a straightforward social satire which moves along with ease. The direct, blunt writing is a strong match for the content, which focuses on highly relevant themes of motherhood, medicinal systems, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and general societal decay. Nonetheless, after the story's resolution, the feeling of subversive entertainment lingers stronger than the author's critiques; some of the book's themes feel simplified rather than genuinely confronted, resulting in a piece well worth the ride, but shy of brilliant.


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