Sunday, May 11, 2008

Why makes them hate Jews?

A. B. Yehoshua is one of the best Israeli authors.

"Yehoshua was born in the fifth Jerusalem generation of a Sephardi Jewish family. After studying literature and philosophy at the Hebrew University, he began a teaching career. From 1963 to 1967 he resided and taught in Paris. In 1972 he joined the faculty of the University of Haifa.[1]

From the end of his military service, he began to publish fiction. He became a notable figure in the "new wave" generation of Israeli writers. They contrasted with the social concern of earlier writers by focusing on the individual and interpersonal. Yehoshua names Franz Kafka, Shmuel Yosef Agnon, and William Faulkner as formative influences [2]. Harold Bloom has compared Yehoshua to Faulkner in an article appearing in the New York Times[3] and also mentions him in his book The Western Canon [4]."

Yehoshua is Leftist in politics. He recently published a book of essays. in the first of these eassays he tries to understand, rationally, the phenomenon of antisemitism. I have the Hebrew book and was thinking of translating excerpts of it and posting them on my blog when I found that the whole essay was already translated and published on "Azure"

More on this, later.


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