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“Astonishing . . . galvanic and intoxicating.” —The New Yorker

Fima lives in Jerusalem, but feels he ought to be somewhere else. In his life he has had secret love affairs, good ideas, and written a book of poems that aroused expectations. He has thought about the purpose of the universe and where the country lost its way. He has felt longings of all sorts, and the constant desire to pen a new chapter. And here he is now, in his early fifties in a shabby apartment on a gloomy wet morning, engaged in a humiliating struggle to release his shirt from the zipper of his fly. With wit and insight, Amos Oz portrays a man—and a generation—dreaming noble dreams but doing nothing.

“One of Oz’s most memorable fictional creations . . . Fima is a cross between Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and Joyce’s Leopold Bloom.” — Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156001434
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 07/26/2010
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 334
Sales rank: 999,474
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

AMOS OZ (1939 – 2018) was born in Jerusalem. He was the recipient of the Prix Femina, the Frankfurt Peace Prize, the Goethe Prize, the Primo Levi Prize, and the National Jewish Book Award, among other international honors. His work has been translated into forty-four languages. 

Date of Birth:

May 4, 1939

Date of Death:

December 28, 2018

Place of Birth:


Place of Death:

Tel Aviv, Israel

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Fima 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Efraim Fima is a fatally flawed anti-hero, alternately a schlemiel and a schlimazel; which is not to say that he and his compatriots in the Amos Oz novel "Fima," written in 1991, have nothing or very little or little to offer us. The conception of the main character and his situations are challenging. The human interest -- human interaction story is sometimes intense and brilliantly done and sometimes not. The writing is inconsistent, sometimes brilliant and sometimes not. The look at life in the late 1980's that Fima affords held my interest throughout. Amos Oz is to be read. The inconsistencies are the problems but this book is definitely worth reading.