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Sleep Walkers and other stories : The Arab in Hebrew Fiction

Sleep Walkers and other stories : The Arab in Hebrew Fiction - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0894108525

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ISBN10: 0894108522
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Publisher: Lynne Rienner Pub.
Published: 1999
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Sleep Walkers and other stories : The Arab in Hebrew Fiction - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0894108525

Ehud Ed. Ben-Ezer

ISBN13: 978-0894108525
ISBN10: 0894108522
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Pub.

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

Arabs, the Arab question, and the exotic romanticism of living in the Middle East first appeared in the emerging Hebrew literature in the late nineteenth century. In Sleepwalkers and Other Stories, noted Israeli writer and literary critic Ehud Ben-Ezer presents short stories and excerpts from novels, dating from 1906 to 1994, that trace the place of Arabs in Jewish Israeli consciousness. Among the authors included are Amoz Oz, A.B. Yehoshua, Shin Shifra, and Jacob Buchan.

The thirteen stories richly show how Jewish writers have presented dramatically differing interpretations of Arabs, ranging from visions of courageous Bedouins astride their noble horses, to fellow Semites, to a moral problem, to an existential nightmare. The tension created between the Arab perceived as an external threat and the Arab minority at home characterizes the rhythm of both modern Israeli history and modern Hebrew literature.

Author Bio

Ben-Ezer, Ehud (Ed.) :


Ehud Ben-Ezer , twice a winner of Israel's Prime Minister Prize for Literature, writes fiction and nonfiction for adults, as well as children's's stories (most recently ni the Dreamer: An Arabian Taleis numerous publications include TheQuarry (film version released in 1990). He is also a well-known literary critic in the Hebrew press.

Table of Contents

Introduction -- E. Ben-Ezer.
Latifa (1906) -- M. Smilansky.
Excerpt from Breakdown and Bereavement (1920) -- Y. H. Brenner.
Rose Jam (1933) -- E. Raab.
Under the Tree (1941) -- S. Y. Agnon.
From Foe to Friend (1941) -- S. Y. Agnon.
The Prisoner (1949) -- S. Yizhar.
The Swimming Race (1951) -- B. Tammuz.
Facing the Forests (1963) -- A. B. Yehoshua.
Nomad and Viper (1963) -- A. Oz.
Excerpt from Refuge (1977) -- S. Michael.
Sleepwalkers (1989) -- J. Buchan.
Excerpt from The Night of the Kid (1990) -- S. Shifra.
Cocked and Locked (1994) -- E. Keret.
Biographical Notes.

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