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KABAKO FF ---- RECENT BOOKS IN ISRAEL
neglect Hebrew writing for the best-sellers of other literatures,
publishers include a good many translations on their lists. The
number of translated titles in the novel, for example, is more
than double that of original works. American popular fiction
figures high on the list. Among the American authors whose
works have been translated during the past year are such names
as James M. Cain, James T. Farrell, Howard Fast, Robert Graves,
Ludwig Lewisohn, Norman Mailer, Betty Smith and John
Steinbeck.
The following selected list includes books published during the
twelve-month period ending March 1951.
NOVELS AND SHORT STORIES
A
g n o n
, S
a m u e l
J
o s e p h
.
Samukh v’nireh
(Close by and apparent).
Jerusalem,
Tel
A v i v ,
Schocken, 1951. 289 p.
Constituting the tenth volume in the works of the leading novelist, this
collection contains, in addition to a number of stories of traditional Jewish
life for which the author is famous, a number of tales which show keen psycho-
logical insight. The “Chapters in the Book of the State” are evidently meant
as a satire on some phases of officialdom in Israel.
B
a r o n
, D
e v o r a h
.
Parshiot {Portions).
Jerusalem, Mossad Bialik, 1951. 566
p .
In this volume of stories the authoress has poignantly depicted some familiar
characters of Lithuanian Jewish life of a generation ago. The fate of various
forlorn and solitary figures is described in jeweled prose and the portraits of
the women characters are particularly well drawn. The style is a model of
simplicity and compactness.
B
u r l a
, Y
e h u d a
.
Tom vameri
(Innocence and rebellion).
Tel Aviv, Am Oved,
1951. 250 p.
The Damascus tales of an author who was born in the East and who knows
oriental Jewish life at first hand. The main part of the book consists of the
previously published novel
Naftule adam
(Wrestlings of man), dealing with
the love of an oriental Jew for an Arab girl and reflecting the violence of
oriental life.
Kol Sippure Micah Yosef Ben Gurion {Collectedstories of Micah Yosej Ben Gurion).
Tel Aviv, Am Oved, 1950. 334 p.
An excellent edition of the stories of Berdichewsky, a leading figure in
modern Hebrew letters, with an introduction by Yaakov Fichman and a
biography by Rachel Ben Gurion. Here are assembled the author’s stories
of confession, of small town life and of sorrow and moodiness.
T
w e r s k y
, Y
o h a n a n
.
Rom u’tehom
(Height and depth).
Tel Aviv, N. Twersky,
1950. 312 p.
An historical novel of Second Temple times as seen through the eyes of a
Roman-born Jewish youth who comes to Jerusalem as a pilgrim. Twersky
has shown here more compactness in the use of his material than in his previous
historical novels. The highlights of an eventful era and fine descriptions of
Palestine and Jerusalem are integrated into the story.
Y
a a r i
, Y
e h u d a
.
Bain ashmorot {Between watches).
Tel Aviv, Massada, 1950.
270 p.
A collection of previously published tales by one of the pioneers of the
Kibbutz story. There is a romantic quality about the author’s writing and
his stories are set against different backgrounds in Israel, Europe and Canada.
Y
iz h a r
,
S.
Shayara shelhatzot {Midnightconvoy).
Tel Aviv, Hakibbutz Hameuhad,
1950.
The talented S. Yizhar has contributed one of the finest war stories of
Israel in this account of a convoy making its way to the Negev during the