Israeli Literature Israeli Fiction - Essay

Israeli Fiction

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

Robert Alter

SOURCE: "Fiction in a Stage of Siege," in Defenses of the Imagination: Jewish Writers and Modern Historical Crisis, The Jewish Publication Society of America, 1977, pp. 213-31.

[In the following essay, Alter studies the fiction of Amos Oz and Avraham B. Yehoshua.]

One should present the great and simple things,
like desire and death.

—Amos Oz

Something new has clearly been happening in Israeli fiction. Literary generations of course never really correspond to those symmetric schemes in which writers are seen marching past the review-stand of...

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