Rosa Luxemburg’s Blouse is a set of acerbic, often funny, short stories which are all set in Jerusalem. They are often about people, especially women, feeling trapped or being driven to madness by the extreme pressure to conform in a not quite fascist, not quite apartheid society.
The book deals squarely with what people in Israel feel about being boycotted by the rest of the world. ‘The Arsonists’ is about racism and ideals gone mouldy, ‘How I Learned to Play Scrabble’ is about the perception of mad women in Israel, and ‘Only the Lonely’ is about sex and sensibility within the Jerusalem Sephardi community.
They reflect too, what remains of the world of the dwindling Jewish left liberals of Jerusalem, constantly aware of their own irrelevance in today’s Israel.