Israeli Literature: The New Wave

In the second half of the 20th century, Israeli writers became a voice of critique and protest.

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"Yotan and Audrey…had decided that words were not enough. They resolved that it was their duty to set out that very night on foot for the mountains over the border. There they would try with all their might and main to meet, to talk, to explain, to persuade, to extinguish with the right words the flame of blind hatred. Not that they had any confidence in the success of their experiment, but they both shared a feeling that there was nothing else in the world to compare to it, even if it failed, and that the almost certain defeat they faced would be far more glorious than all the magnificent victories of which the history books are full."

Amos Kenan went still further in his grotesque‑satiric novella, Shoah II (1975), in which he suggested that occupation, not the '67 threat, would be what produced a second Holocaust.       

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Gershon Shaked

Gershon Shaked, (1929--2006), was Professor Emeritus of Hebrew Literature at the Hebrew University, the author of The Shadows Within: Essays on Modern Jewish Writers and many other books. He was a recipient of the Israel Prize and the Bialik Prize.