An unnamed author waits in a bar in Tel Aviv on a stifling hot
night. He is there to give a reading of his work but as he sits,
bored, he begins to conjure up the life stories of the people he
meets, not least Ricky, an equally bored but seductive waitress.
Later, when the reading is underway, he weaves stories around the
audience and panel before asking the professional reader for a
drink. She declines and the Author walks away, only to climb the
steps to her flat later that night. Or does he? In Amos Oz's
beguiling, intriguing story the reader hardly knows where reality
ends and invention begins...