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Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest

by Amos Oz

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PUBLISHED: 7th September 2017
ISBN: 9781784703110
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In a village far away, deep in a valley, all the animals and birds disappeared some years ago. Eventually they find themselves in a beautiful garden paradise full of every kind of animal, bird and fish - the home of Nehi the Mountain Demon.
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  • Paperback
    $22.59
PUBLISHED: 7th September 2017
ISBN: 9781784703110
ANNOTATION:
In a village far away, deep in a valley, all the animals and birds disappeared some years ago. Eventually they find themselves in a beautiful garden paradise full of every kind of animal, bird and fish - the home of Nehi the Mountain Demon.

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In a village far away, deep in a valley, all the animals and birds disappeared some years ago. Eventually they find themselves in a beautiful garden paradise full of every kind of animal, bird and fish - the home of Nehi the Mountain Demon.

Publisher Description

In a village far away, deep in a valley, all the animals and birds disappeared some years ago. Only the rebellious young teacher and an old man talk about animals to the children, who have never seen such (mythical) creatures. Otherwise there's a strange silence round the whole subject. One wretched, little boy has dreams of animals, begins to whoop like an owl, is regarded as an outcast, and eventually disappears.

A stubborn, brave girl called Maya and her friend Matti, are drawn to explore in the woods round the village. They know there are dangers beyond and that at night, Nehi the Mountain Demon comes down to the village. In a far-off cave, they come upon the vanished boy, content and self-sufficient. Eventually they find themselves in a beautiful garden paradise full of every kind of animal, bird and fish - the home of Nehi the Mountain Demon. The Demon is a pied piper figure who stole the animals from the village. He, too, was once a boy there, but he was different, mocked and reviled, treated as an outsider and outcast.

This is his terrible revenge, one which has punished him too, by removing him from society and friendship, and every few years he draws another child or two to join him in his fortress Eden, where he has trained the sheep to lie down with the wolves, and where predators are few. He lets the two children return to the village, telling them that one day, when people are less cruel and his desire for vengeance has crumbled, perhaps the animals might come back...

Author Biography

Born in Jerusalem in 1939, Amos Oz is the internationally acclaimed author of many novels and essay collections, translated into over 30 languages, including recently his brilliant semi-autobiographical work, A Tale of Love and Darkness. He has received several international awards, including the Prix Femina, the Israel Prize, the Goethe Prize,the Frankfurt Peace Prize and the 2013 Franz Kafka Prize. He lives in Israel.

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Now reissued in beautiful new backlist style, a wonderful, haunting fable with a dark undertow, for adults and children, from the bestselling author of A Tale of Love and Darkness.

Product Details

Author
Amos Oz
Pages
144
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Year
2017
Translator
Sondra Silverston
ISBN-10
1784703117
ISBN-13
9781784703110
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2017-09-07
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Media
Book
Audience Age
10
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade