1948

1948

by Yoram Kaniuk
     
 

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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:
9788415625186
Publisher:
Libros del Asteroide
Publication date:
09/24/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
594 KB

Meet the Author

Yoram Kaniuk (1930-2013) was one of Israel’s leading writers. After being wounded in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, he moved to New York for 10 years. A novelist, painter, and journalist, Kaniuk published novels, memoirs, short stories, nonfiction, and books for children and young adults. Named an Officer in France's Order of Arts and Letters in 2012, Kaniuk was also the recipient of the Méditerranée Étranger (2000), the Newman Prize (2006), the Kugel Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2008), the France-Israel Foundation Award (2010), and the Sapir Prize (2010). In 2011, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Tel Aviv University. Kaniuk’s books have been published in 20 languages.
 
Anthony Berris was born in the UK and has lived in Israel for most of his life, working as a teacher and freelance translator.

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