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 Bu ...show morechan.
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.
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