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Keinan's Library - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
February 18th, 2002
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Keinan's Library
Context: I've recently finished reading a very interesting book by Amos Keinan, called Rose of Jericho. I will be writing about it soon. Earlier today, I had read alyna's entry bemoaning the loss of a lot of personal correspondence.
In one of life's meaningless synchronicities, I have just read that there had been a fire in Amos Keinan's Tel Aviv apartment last Saturday, and that it was completely destroyed. Septuagenarian Keinan only suffered light smoke-inhalation damage, but said that he is crushed by the loss of his library, his papers and books, and even a manuscript for a new book which stored on a computer disk that burnt along with the rest of the place. Some of the books and personal items are irreplaceable, but Keinan stated that he intends to start over and reconstruct his manuscript.

A final tidbit: before reading about Keinan's misfortune, I responded to alyna's entry with the famous quote from Bulgakov's Master and Margarita, "Manuscripts don't burn"...

Current Mood: synchronic
Current Music: Sinead O'Connor -- All Babies

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Date:February 18th, 2002 01:59 pm (UTC)
Who are you who knows about Bulgakov? I've read Master i Margarita at least 10 times. I adore that book. it's amazing. I haven't met many people in the US who have heard about Bulgakov, much less read his books.
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Date:February 18th, 2002 02:22 pm (UTC)

An introduction

Hello, I'm Ijon.

I don't know how many people in the US have head of Bulgakov, but I can reveal my trick: I'm not in the US. :)
Seriously, though, Middlebury College in Vermont actually hosts the most popular English Web site on Master and Margarita.

I live in Israel. This page says some things about me, and this older one says some other things, if you're curious.

Also, I have referred to Master and Margarita in my journal before, once or twice.

Now, if you like, you can tell me who you are, and how you have come across my journal...
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Date:February 19th, 2002 11:41 am (UTC)

well, that's too bad.
my mom made me read this book as a child. it's her favorite.
of course, I didn't understand it then, but I read it a few times since then and it's brilliant. you should read some gogol.
Date:February 19th, 2002 11:53 am (UTC)


bulgakov and gogol don't rhyme, if you get my meaning. Both are a must, though...

This story reminds me not of Bulgakov but of Mircea Eliade and the disintegration and subsequent destruction of his library by fire.

Reading those stories is like a kick in the gut.

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