Synopses & Reviews
It is unusual for a creative literature to be so much younger than its language, and the story of the development of Hebrew fiction is no less fascinating than the stories that embody it in The Oxford Book of Hebrew Short Stories
. From a narrative whose concerns were predominantly historical and religious, Hebrew fiction has grown to embrace the modern world and to deal with subjects such as daily life in a small Jewish town, intellectual disillusionment, and the huge political changes with which Jewish writers have had to come to terms following the establishment of the State of Israel. War inevitably features often in these 33 stories which reflect, more than the literature of any other country, the social and political dilemmas of a multifarious culture.
Alongside the grand themes are more intimate explorations of human relationships, and of individual triumph and anguish within the complexities of twentieth-century life. This anthology demonstrates the astonishing richness and diversity of Hebrew short fiction by including not only established authors of the stature of Amos Oz, A. B. Yehoshua, Yehuda Amichai, and David Grossman, but also less well-known writers whose stories have not been published in translation before: Orly Castel-Bloom and Savyon Liebrecht among the younger women writers, Yitzhak Oren among the more experimental older generation. Glenda Abramson's informative introduction sets the scene for a powerful literary collection, the definitive anthology of a vibrant modern genre.
"This collection of Hebrew short stories contains the work of the great modern Hebrew prose writers...in Europe and Israel. With consistently good translations and an excellent introduction and notes by editor Abramson, the work begins with Sefarim in the beginning of the twentieth century and includes contemporary writers and lesser-known women and Sephardic authors....A superb collection."--Library Journal
About the Author
About the Editor:
Glenda Abramson is Lecturer in Post-Biblical Hebrew at Oxford University, and Schreiber Fellow in Modern Jewish Studies at the Oxford Center for Postgraduate Hebrew and Hebrew Studies.
Table of Contents
Burned out / Mendele Mokher Sefarim (S.J. Abramowitz) -- Without hope / Micha Yosef Berdyczewski (Bin Gorion) -- The calf / Mordechai Ze'ev Feierberg -- Uproar / Uri Nissan Gnessin -- Cut off / Yitzhak Dov Berkowitz -- Travel notes / Yosef Hayyim Brenner -- Sunbeams / Dvora Baron -- Rahamim / Hayyim Hazaz -- Habakuk / S. Yizhar -- The swimming contest / Benjamin Tammuz -- Tears / Aharon Megged -- Doctor Schmidt / Moshe Shamir -- The snow / Yehuda Amichai -- Speak to the wind / Natan Shaham -- The death of the little god / David Shahar -- Bridal veil / Amalia Kahana-Carmon -- Cold spring / Aharon Appelfeld -- The visit / Yaakov Shabtai -- The last commander / Avraham B. Yehoshua -- Cinema / Yitzhak Ben-Ner -- My straw chairs / Shulamith Hareven -- The three-legged chicken / Yehoshua Kenaz -- Strange fire / Amos Oz -- Cherries in the icebox / David Grossman -- Talitha Kumi / Yitzhak (Auerbach) Orpaz -- High tide / Orly Castel-Bloom -- Together with them / Yeshayahu Koren -- Schlafstunde / Yehudit Katzir -- A story with no address / Yehudit Hendel -- The monument of the resurrection / Yitzhak Oren -- Morning in the park with nannies / Savyon Liebrecht -- Dora's secret / Ruth Almog