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KABAKOF F ----RECENT BOOKS IN I SRAEL
Conceived as a reconstruction of the hidden literary treasures of Israel,
this work views the early history of our people through the eyes of the
Sefer
Ha-yashar
(Book of the just), the
Sefer milhamot ha-Shem
(Book of the wars
of the Lord) and other lost works mentioned in the Bible. The author has
been taken to task by a number of critics for his interpretation of events.
ESSAYS AND LETTERS
F
ic h m a n
, Y
a a k o v
.
Amat ha-binyan
(Measuring rod).
Jerusalem, Mossad Bialik,
1951. 520 p.
The critic's memoirs and evaluations of the Odessa group of Hebrew authors
which exercised such a lasting influence on Hebrew letters. Among the
figures treated are Mendele Mocher Sefarim, Ahad Ha‘am, Tchernichowsky,
S. Ben-Zion and others.
K
a r iv
,
A.
Adabra v’yirvah li
(I speak my mind).
Tel Aviv, Am Oved, 1950. 181 p.
The author, a leading literary critic, presents the thesis that modern Hebrew
letters has not responded adequately to the challenge of the Jewish tragedy
and has failed to interpret the values of Jewish
galut
life. He maintains that
with few exceptions Hebrew writers have negated the positive aspects of this
life and pleads for a new course that will not be based on imitation of other
peoples.
K
l a t z k in
, Y
a a k o v
.
Mishnataharonim
(
Latter-day teachings).
Tel Aviv, Am Oved,
1951. 336 p.
The late Dr. Klatzkin has masterfully translated the epigrammatic wisdom
and sayings of the leading authors and thinkers of modern times. He begins
with Montaigne and Cervantes and takes us down to Kafka. The volume
is richly illustrated.
K
l a u s n e r
, J
o s e p h
.
H. N. Bialik vshirat hayav (H. N. Bialik and his life-song).
Tel Aviv, Dvir, 1951. 189 p.
A collection of 14 essays on the national poet. Especially valuable is the
final essay on Bialik’s “Legend of the Three and Four,” which offers an
interpretation of the broad universal truths embodied in the work.
L
a c h o v e r
, F
i s c h e l
.
A lg ’vul ha-yashan
ע’
ha-hadash
(Bridging the old and the new).
Jerusalem, Mossad Bialik, 1951. 263 p.
These essays and studies by the late Fischel Lachover, critic and historian
of Hebrew literature, represent the ripe fruits of his continued researches.
The author’s interest in philosophy and kabbalah during his last years are
reflected in the essays which deal with Moses Haim Luzzatto, Krochmal,
Solomon Maimon, Maimonides and Spinoza in Haskalah literature.
Luah Ha'aretz {Ha'aretz almanac).
Tel Aviv, Haim, 1950. 429 p.
This yearly almanac for 1950/1951 published by the daily newspaper
Ha aretz
follows a set pattern of presenting yearly surveys, literary pieces,
documents of the year and maps and information on Israel. The almanac
opens with a series of gripping poems by Uri Zvi Greenberg and brings con-
tributions from such writers as Agnon, Shenberg, Smilansky, Zemach and
Halkin.
Me’asef Davar (Davar volume).
Tel Aviv, Davar, 1950. 491 p.
A collection edited by David Zakkai and issued on the occasion of the 25th
anniversary of the labor daily. The personality of B. Katzenelson, former
editor of
Davar
, is illumined by a number of contributors. A comprehensive
article by G. Kressel relates the story of the newspaper. The volume presents
also a cross-section of Israeli creativity in the story and essay and in poetry.
M
ic h a l i
,
B. J.
Olamam shel b'nai ha-aretz
(The world of Israeli youth).
Tel Aviv,
M .
Newman, 1950. 99 p.
Twelve chapters of analysis based on the writings of Israeli youths who fell
in battle. Surveying the available letters, diaries and literary efforts, the
author draws his conclusions about the character of Israeli youth. While he
has not answered all the questions involved, he has pointed to its positive
aspects, its search for spiritual values, its attachment to the homeland and
love of labor.