Close Encounters with Twenty Israeli Writers

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Close Encounters is a unique collection of twenty profiles of prominent Israeli writers, including Agnon, Yehuda Amichai, Aaron Appelfeld, Amos Oz, A. B. Yehoshua, David Grossman, Meir Shalev, Orly Castel-Bloom and Dorit Rabinyan. It is a first of its kind; each profile is based upon interviews and research, and provides intimate background to each writer and their work. Together, the twenty Close Encounters create a panorama of the Israeli experience - Diaspora, Holocaust, immigration, gender, the tension ...
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Overview

Close Encounters is a unique collection of twenty profiles of prominent Israeli writers, including Agnon, Yehuda Amichai, Aaron Appelfeld, Amos Oz, A. B. Yehoshua, David Grossman, Meir Shalev, Orly Castel-Bloom and Dorit Rabinyan. It is a first of its kind; each profile is based upon interviews and research, and provides intimate background to each writer and their work. Together, the twenty Close Encounters create a panorama of the Israeli experience - Diaspora, Holocaust, immigration, gender, the tension between religious and secular, Sephardi and Ashkenazi, Jews and Arabs.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780853034858
  • Publisher: Mitchell Vallentine & Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1 Shmuel-Yosef Agnon (1887-1970): Abandoned People, Lost Places 1
2 Uri-Zvi Greenberg (1896-1981): Eyes that Penetrate the Abyss 11
3 Natan Alterman (1910-70): Lava of Love and Politics 20
4 Leah Goldberg (1911-70): Cursed by Love 28
5 S. Yizhar (1916- ): No Stone is Worth Dying For 37
6 Yehuda Amichai (1924-2000): A Secular Prophet 46
7 Natan Zach (1930- ): A Gentle Man in a Harsh Land 55
8 Aharon Appelfeld (1932- ): Caught in a Web of Hallucination 65
9 Yaacov Shabtai (1934-1981): End of the Matter 73
10 Dalia Ravikovitch (1936- ): The Things to be Forgotten 82
11 A. B. Yehoshua (1936- ): In Search of Borders 91
12 Amos Oz (1939- ): The Secret Agent from the Eighteenth Compartment 101
13 Hannah Bat Shahar (1944- ): The Double Life of the Rabbi's Wife 111
14 Yona Wallach (1944-85): Never Shall I Hear God's Sweet Voice 119
15 Meir Shalev (1948- ): The Emasculated Man and the Queen Bee 127
16 David Grossman (1954- ): I'm an Egg without a Shell 135
17 Ronit Matalon (1959- ): Reminiscences of a Street Cat 144
18 Zeruyah Shalev (1959- ): A Collector of Catastrophes 153
19 Orly Castel-Bloom (1960- ): Between Motherhood and Madness 161
20 Dorit Rabinyan (1972- ): Cinderella's Lost Sandal 170
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2004

    A fascinating collective portrait of distinguished Israeli writers

    I read many of these interviews as they originally appeared in the Hebrew language newspaper Yediot Achronot. I was fascinated by them as I have long had a great interest in the relation between the writer and his work. Negev it seems to me is a good journalist, thorough and fair, and without any particular ax to grind. Reading this book will without doubt enrich the reader's knowledge of a small people's considerable contribution to the writing of the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2003

    High standard of biographical writing

    In the powerful world of communications that dominates our life, a writer is obliged to lift the veil from his work and his personal process of creation. Eilat Negev, with her good taste, her literary and artistic comprehension, and- most of all- her cultural and moral restraint- set a high standard for her colleagues, her interviewees and for her readers, and Close Encounters is a vivid proof of that.

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