MATMOR, Yoram. The Instrument.

(London): Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1969.  First UK edition.  Octavo.  191 pages.  An amusing novel in which “David Zuta is sent as a child refugee from Eastern Europe to Israel – where, in 1947, he finds himself in charge of an irregular guerilla squad in the Jewish struggle for Jerusalem. But as well as being a soldier, Zuta is a poet and philosopher, an erratic student of English, and an aspiring Don Juan. … Through it all, Zuta emerges as man a little surprised by life and by the absurdity that he finds at the heart of war.”  A very good copy in dust jacket with design from a painting by Yossel Bergner.


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