By Marek Hlasko, Lesley Chamberlain
"Hlasko's tale comes off the web page at you're keen on a pit bull."—The Washington Post
“His writing is taut and psychologically nuanced like that of the good dime-store novelist Georges Simenon, his novelistic international as profane as Isaac Babel's.”—Wall highway Journal
"Spokesman if you happen to have been offended and beat . . . turbulent, temperamental, and tortured."—The big apple Times
"A must-read . . . piercing and compelling."—Kirkus Reviews
"A self-taught author with an uncanny present for narrative and dialogue."—Roman Polanski
“Marek Hlasko … lived via what he wrote and died of an overdose of solitude and never sufficient love.”— Jerzy Kosinski, writer of The Painted Bird and Being There
"A glittering black comedy ... that's both unique and wrenching."
— Publishers Weekly
"The idol of Poland's younger iteration in 1956."
— Czeslaw Milosz, 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature
Robert and Jacob are down-and-out Polish con males residing in Israel within the Nineteen Sixties. they are making plans to run a rip-off on an American widow vacationing the rustic. Robert, who masterminds the scheme, and Jacob, who acts it out, are tricky, determined males, adrift within the nasty underworld of Tel Aviv. Robert arranges for Jacob to run into the lady, whose center is open; the lads are hoping her pockets is simply too. What follows is a narrative of affection, deception, cruelty, and disgrace, as Jacob pretends to fall in love together with her. it isn't simply Jacob who is acting a task; approximately all of the characters are actors in an unsightly tale, entire with components for homicide and suicide. Marek Hlasko's writing combines brutal realism with smoky, hardboiled discussion in a bleak global the place violence is the norm and love is frequently in basic terms an act.
Marek Hlasko, often called the James Dean of jap Europe, used to be exiled from Communist Poland and spent his existence wandering the globe. He died in 1969 of an overdose of alcohol and slumbering drugs in Wiesbaden, Germany.