Six Israeli Novellas

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Gershon Shaked
David R. Godine Publisher, 1999 - Fiction - 338 pages
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This is the most ambitious and representative anthology yet published of modern Hebrew novellas, a book that will provide any reader with a fine overview of the best fiction that small but vibrant country has to offer.

Included here are novellas by six of Israel's most important and honored contemporary writers. Aharon Appelfeld's "In the Isles of St. George" tells of a fugitive black marketeer hiding on a desolate Italian island, who finds his past, his Jewishness, and his very sense of identity resolved. In "Yani on the Mountain, " David Grossman explores the psychological impact of the 1973 Yom Kippur War on a young generation of Israelis living in a Mount Sinai army base in its final days before demolition. Ruth Almog's "Shrinking" lyrically portrays the loneliness and frustrations of a middle-aged heroine whose longing for human contact is thwarted by her stifling bond to her father.

Also included are Yaakov Shabtai's "Uncle Peretz Takes Flight, " a grotesque portrait of one man's cowardice, in the vein of Shalom Aleichem; Yehudit Hendel's "Small Change, " about the interaction between the paranoid experience of an Israeli woman abroad and a complex father-daughter relationship; and Benjamin Tammuz's "My Brother, " in which one brother's selfish conquests are contrasted to the other's passive, but ultimately more sinister, altruism.

In the words of editor Gershon Shaked, these novellas "show modern Israeli fiction at its richest and most diversified, with a character all its own."

  

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Contents

SHRINKING RuthAlmog
3
YANI ON THE MOUNTAIN David Grossman
37
UNCLE PERETZ TAKES FLIGHT Yaakov Shabtai
126
IN THE ISLES OF ST GEORGE Aharon Appelfeld
304

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About the author (1999)

Gershon Shaked was Professor Emeritus of Hebrew Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Gabriela Avigur-Rotem was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1946 and came to Israel in 1950. She holds a degree in Hebrew and English literature. She has taught literature at high school and directed writing workshops at Haifa and Ben Gurion Universities. She works as an editor at Haifa University Publishing House. Her novels include "Mozart Was Not a Jew", "Heatwave and Crazy Birds", and "Ancient Red".

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