Close Encounters with Twenty Israeli Writersby Eilat Negev
Drawing upon interviews and independent research, Israeli journalist Negev (a literary correspondent for Yedioth Achronot) offers a collection of twenty profiles of prominent contemporary Israeli writers. In discussing these authors' lives and work, Negev touches on such topics as the fear of terrorism, the secret desires of Orthodox women, and the burden of Israel's history. Some of the authors profiled include Uri-Zvi Greenberg, Meir Shalev, and Dorit Rabinyan. Distributed in the U.S. by ISBS. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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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.
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.