The Funniest Man in the World: The Wild and Crazy Humor of Ephraim Kishon

Kishon, Ephraim

Published by Spi Books Trade, 1992
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Synopsis: These humorous stories by Ephraim Kishon are full of the stuff of life itself – children, dogs, neighbors, domestic appliances, plumbers, bureaucrats, swindlers, taxi drivers, publishers, media men, tax authorities, policemen, touched one and all by that spark of lunacy which makes it worth turning the page to see what happens next.

"I became a satirist", Kishon told an interviewer from the "International Herald Tribune", "when I learned that mankind is insane".

Like all great writers, Kishon has given life to a cast of unforgettable characters. Enter Ervinke, the law-bending alter ego of Kishon himself; Tsuries, the three-eyed melon seller; Stucks, the ever-absent plumber; and Inspector Fishbaum, the scourge of tax-evaders everywhere.

Although the background to many of Kishon’s stories is Israel, their hilarity is universal.

About the Author: Ephraim Kishon is at least four people – short story writer, novelist, playwright and film-maker – rolled into one.

Born in Hungary in 1924, he fled to Israel in 1949, worked in a Kibbutz as a plumber, electrician, groom and toilet scrubber, and learned Hebrew. "There is no transition from Magyar to Hebrew", he says, "just as there is no transition from an apple to a light bulb". In 1953 he began to write a daily satirical column for "Ma’ariv". Today, 50 books and several successful films later, he is Israel’s national humorist and one of the country’s leading cultural exports. His stories have passed, without any diminution of humor, into languages as diverse as Japanese and Icelandic. In Germany, for reasons he is not sure of, he is more popular than Gunther Grass and Heinrich Boell put together. He now lives in Tel Aviv and Zurich.

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Title: The Funniest Man in the World: The Wild and ...
Publisher: Spi Books Trade
Publication Date: 1992
Binding: Paperback
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