Modern Hebrew Fiction

Modern Hebrew Fiction

by Yael Lotan, Gershon Shaked, Emily Miller Budick
     
 

Gershon Shaked's history of modern Hebrew fiction traces the emergence and development of a literature "against all odds"—from its European roots in the 1880s, when it had neither a country nor a spoken language, to the flowering of a literary culture on Israeli soil through the 1990s. The product of more than 20 years of research, it is unique in its scope,

Overview

Gershon Shaked's history of modern Hebrew fiction traces the emergence and development of a literature "against all odds"—from its European roots in the 1880s, when it had neither a country nor a spoken language, to the flowering of a literary culture on Israeli soil through the 1990s. The product of more than 20 years of research, it is unique in its scope, profiling four generations of Hebrew writers.

Indiana University Press

Editorial Reviews

D. S. Gochberg

"In this abridgement of his definitive five-volume work in Hebrew (1977–99), Shaked (emer., Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem) first details the war of the languages between Yiddish, the polyglot Germanic language of Jews in the Diaspora, and Hebrew, the traditional sacred language of prayer. Though he barely mentions world literary figures like Sholem Aleichem and I.B. Singer (who wrote mainly in Yiddish), he discusses those few writers who wrote significantly in both Hebrew and Yiddish. Shaked gives both a general picture of historical trends and conditions and acute, succinct explications of the best works by the most notable writers. He catalogs four distinct generations of Hebrew writers—from the European-born of the 1880s to those born in post, 1948 Israel. He devotes full chapters only to Mendele Mokher Seforim and S.Y. Agnon. A detailed index and bibliography, a source list of Hebrew literary journals and newspapers, and a glossary of Hebrew terms and historical references supplement this volume, which is recommended for significant collections in comparative literature and Judaica serving upper-division undergraduates and above." —D. S. Gochberg, Michigan State University, 2001jan CHOICE.

From the Publisher
"In this abridgement of his definitive five-volume work in Hebrew (1977–99), Shaked (emer., Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem) first details the war of the languages between Yiddish, the polyglot Germanic language of Jews in the Diaspora, and Hebrew, the traditional sacred language of prayer. Though he barely mentions world literary figures like Sholem Aleichem and I.B. Singer (who wrote mainly in Yiddish), he discusses those few writers who wrote significantly in both Hebrew and Yiddish. Shaked gives both a general picture of historical trends and conditions and acute, succinct explications of the best works by the most notable writers. He catalogs four distinct generations of Hebrew writers—from the European-born of the 1880s to those born in post, 1948 Israel. He devotes full chapters only to Mendele Mokher Seforim and S.Y. Agnon. A detailed index and bibliography, a source list of Hebrew literary journals and newspapers, and a glossary of Hebrew terms and historical references supplement this volume, which is recommended for significant collections in comparative literature and Judaica serving upper-division undergraduates and above." —D. S. Gochberg, Michigan State University, 2001jan CHOICE.

Hyam Maccoby
In this sensitive and sinuous account, Sheked shows how Hebrew fiction has continually portrayed the struggle between aspiration and disillusionment...This rich book tackles a complex subject with verve and analytical power.
Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253337115
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Series:
Jewish Literature and Culture Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.09(d)

Meet the Author

Gershon Shaked is Professor Emeritus of Hebrew Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition to many works in Hebrew, his English language publications include *The Shadows Within: Essays on Modern Jewish Writers*, *Shmuel Yosef Agnon: A Revolutionary Traditionalist*, and* Eight Great Hebrew Short Novels* (coedited with Alan Lelchuk). Shaked is the recipient of the Israel Prize and the Bialik Prize.

Indiana University Press

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