A Reader's Guide: Hebrew Literature in Translation
Modern Israeli Literature
You don't have to know Hebrew to enjoy some of Israel's best books.
Writing Hebrew literature in the 19th century was no simple matter, and those who did were the elite of the elite.
The pioneers of modern Hebrew literature took a cumbersome, unspoken language and created a vibrant literary tradition.
Leaving the world of the shtetl for an alluring modern culture is the primary theme of early modern Hebrew literature.
Modern Hebrew literature got an ideological start in Germany, then found artistic maturity in the East.
Overview Hebrew Literature. Jewish American Literature. Modern Hebrew Literature. Israeli Literature.
For this crop of American writers, being Jewish is as natural as breathing, sleeping, and sex.
American Jewish writing depicts the struggles of immigrant life, the stable yet alienated middle-class existence that followed, and finally the unique challenges of cultural acceptance.
In the second half of the 20th century, Israeli writers became a voice of critique and protest.