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1948

1948

by Yoram Kaniuk, Raquel Garcia Lozano
     
 

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Drawing directly and movingly from Yoram Kaniuk’s own experiences as a teenaged soldier in the Palmach unit of the Israeli army during the 1948 War for Independence, this memoir-novel portrays an entire generation of young men from good homes who found themselves immersed in a struggle they did not fully understand. Far from trying to justify his own actions,

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Drawing directly and movingly from Yoram Kaniuk’s own experiences as a teenaged soldier in the Palmach unit of the Israeli army during the 1948 War for Independence, this memoir-novel portrays an entire generation of young men from good homes who found themselves immersed in a struggle they did not fully understand. Far from trying to justify his own actions, Kaniuk opts instead for self-criticism, reflecting on the pointlessness of war and the foolishness of a group of inexperienced, white-collar boys turned brothers-in-arms who senselessly imagined that there was some glory in dying so young. The novel offers a singular vision of a crucial moment in modern history and sheds some light on the complicated situation in the Middle East. It is also a brave, shocking, and tragic story about the importance of recognizing the follies of the past.

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"If the prophets of the Old Testament had read Joyce, Kafka, Márquez, Conrad, and Gershom Scholem, listened to American Jazz, seen Broadway musicals, and heard Lenny Bruce, they might have sounded something like Kaniuk." —Nicole Krauss, author, Great House, The History of Love, and Man Walks Into a Room

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788415625087
Publisher:
Libros del Asteroide
Publication date:
06/01/2014
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Yoram Kaniuk was an Israeli writer, journalist, theater critic, and painter. During the 1948 Israeli War for Independence, he fought with the elite unit of the Israeli army known as the Palmach. He is the author of Adam Resurrected, Confessions of a Good Arab, and The Last Jew. Raquel García Lozano is a professor of modern Hebrew language and literature at the Complutense University of Madrid.

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