Page 55 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 8 (1949-1950)

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E R N S T ---- AMONG RECENT BOOKS IN ISRA E L
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Judah, Massada), offering descriptions and portraits
of
Israeli
life. Johanan Twersky in his
MeOlam L'Olam
(From World
to World, Dvir) painted a picture of hassidic life which centered
around a leader of the movement. Novels by younger men
included
K ’fa r Hashiloah
(Hashiloah Village, Am Oved) by the
late Israel Zarhi, dealing with the building of this village by the
first Yemenite immigrants some sixty years ago; Igal Mossinson’s
M i Amar She-Hu Shahor
(Who Says He’s Black, Sifriat Poalim)
based on life in the moshav, and Moshe Shamir’s
Hu Halakh
Lasadot)
(He Went Into The Fields, Sifriat Poalim). The latter
novel created a stir. The author, a graduate of the Herzliah
school in Tel Aviv, depicts the life of a family in a kibbutz and
writes vividly of the strivings of Israeli youth.
To the above must also be added the translations which con-
tinue to appear in a constant stream. The list of translated
works last year included books by J. Opatoshu, Ilya Ehrenburg,
Baudelaire, Boccaccio, Balzac, Bergelson, Max Brod, Gogol,
Maupassant, Margaret Mitchell (
Gone With The Wind
),
Feuchtwanger, Pinski, Kipling and others A conscious effort
is being made to issue the works of classic Yiddish writers in
Hebrew. Many translations also have enriched Hebrew chil-
dren’s literature, which has produced a number of original works
as well.
WORKS ON ISRAEL AND ZIONISM
As is to be expected, a significant portion of the literary
output was devoted to Israel and the history of Zionism.
Isaiah Press issued the second volume of his
Enzyklopediah
Topografit-Historit Eretz Yisrael
(Topographical and Historical
Encyclopedia
of
Eretz Israel, Mossad Harav Kook), in which
pertinent information on the various localities is listed alpha-
betically. David Tidhar edited and published
Enzyklopediah
L'Haluze Ha-Yishuv U-Bonav
(Encyclopedia
of
Builders and
Pioneers of the Yishuv) containing biographical information
on many of the lesser known figures in the history of the up-
building of Palestine.
Igrot Herzl
(Letters of Herzl, M. Newman)
were edited by Drs. A. Bein and G. Herlitz. A survey volume
entitled
Mi-Balfour Ad Bevin
(From Balfour to Bevin, M. New-
man), edited by J. Partizal and J. Rosen, documents the re-
lations between Britain and Israel during this period. Ever
Hadani’s
Am B'Milhamto
(A People At War, Shrebrek) deals
in anthology form with the struggles of Israel from the days of
the Jewish Legion in the first World War through the present
period. The Jewish National Fund issued a useful yearbook