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NASH / JABOTINSKY — MASTER FEUILLETONIST
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article “The Feuilletons of Herzl” (1912). Here he compares the
feuilleton to poetry in its being a uniquely personal expression of
the author’s deepest feelings, a kind of “prose outpouring of the
soul.” In defining the feuilleton as an artfully drawn “miniature,”
Jabotinsky betrayed his faith in the power of this markedly indi­
vidualistic genre to record its author’s mental life and soul:
A miniature which has flown from the wellsprings of the
soul reflects the sorrow and intellect of its author’s entire
life, and it will find an echo in the hearts of people close to
him in spirit not only today, on the day it is printed, but even
after ten years and more.
The feuilletons do indeed strike an echo. We are with the gifted
columnist Jabotinsky at work in his train-cabin from Odessa to
Petersburg, and his humor and wisdom shine “even after ten
years and more.”
For Further Reading:
J
o se ph
S
c h e c h t m a n
,
Rebel and Statesman
and
Jabotinsky, F ighter and P roph e t .
N ew York: Thom a s Y ose lo ff , 1956 and 1961.
S
t a n l e y
N
a s h
,
“Hebrew Language and Literature and the Origins o f
Jew ish Resistance to the Br itish ,”
Hebrew S tud ies,
XV III (1977),
70-86 .