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J EW I S H BOOK ANNUAL
38
B
r e n n e r
, J
o s e p h
H
a y i m
.
Ktavim {Writings).
Tel Aviv, Am Oved, 1949. 340
p .
The first volume of the collected works of the stormy petrel of Hebrew
letters, whose incisiveness and intensity are perhaps still unparalleled today.
S
h a h a m
, N
a t h a n
.
Haelim atzelim {The gods are lazy).
Merhavia, Sifriat Poalim &
Hashomer Hatzair , 1949. 133 p.
Stories by one of Israel’s young writers. Dealing with the war, it is trench-
ant, well-written, and “ civilized.”
S h a l o m ,
S
h
.
Adama ushmay hashamayim {Earth and high heaven).
Tel Aviv,
Am Oved, 1949. 278 p.
Novelettes and stories by one of Israel’s leading poets. Possessing many
of the characteristic aspects of his verse, it is withal a book demonstrating
narrative ability of no mean order.
Y
i z h a r
,
S.
Sippur Hirvet Hizzah Hashavuy {Tale of the prisoner Hirvet Hizzah).
Merhavia, Sifriat Poalim, 1949. 120 p.
A book dealing with a highly controversial subject, tha t of the fate of the
Arabs among their Israeli captors. The ethical problems involved are here
given searching analysis by Israel’s most prominent young novelist.
POETRY
K
o v n e r
, A
b b a
.
Perida min hadarom {Partingfrom the South).
Merhavia, Sifriat
Poalim, 1949.
An erstwhile anti-Nazi partisan, the author, who found refuge in Israel, is
embattled again. The results of this may be gauged in this long poem, which
has some striking “modernistic” imagery, a deal of obfuscation, and an almost
unbroken tension.
M
e l t z e r
, S
h i m s h o n
.
Sefer hashirot vhabaladot {The book of songs and ballads).
Tel Aviv, Davar, 1949. 314 p.
Here one finds the Hebrew poet-balladeer at his best. Drawn deep from the
springs of Jewish folklore, the verses have a fresh and seemingly easy grace
as well as wisdom.
P
i n k e r f e l d
-A
m i r
, A
n d a
.
Gadish {Sheaf).
Tel
A v i v , D v i r ,
1949. 439 p.
This beguiling book of verse, by one of Israel’s poetesses, emphasizes once
again what is regrettably still not generally known: the contribution made by
women to modern Hebrew belles-lettres.
R
a b i n o w
, J
o s h u a
.
M u l har haakeda {Against the sacrificial mountain).
Mer-
havia, Kibbutz Meuchad, 1949. 34 p.
A book, slight in size, that has as its theme the sacrifices of the youth of
Israel in the war of independence, by a poet who has already drawn attention
to himself by his gift of depiction and interesting, yet unmodernistic met-
aphors. The writer, a father who lost his only daughter in the conflict, is here
direct and poignant.
S
h i m o n i
( S
h i m o n o w i t z
) , D
a v i d
.
Shirim {Poems).
Tel Aviv, Masada, 1949.
454 p.
The second volume by one of the older Hebrew poets, who speaks an
evocative language all his own. Known primarily for his longer narrative
poems, in this book he vindicates his reputation as a fine lyricist.
REFERENCE BOOKS
A
vi
-J
onah
, M
ichael
.
Geographia historit shel Eretz Israel {An historical geography
of the Land of Israel).
Jeru sa lem, Mo s s ad Bia l i k & Jew i sh Ag en c y ,
1949.
208 p.
An analysis of the factors and historic events tha t shaped the political map
of Jewish Palestine, changes of sovereignty, etc., from the period of the Re turn
to Zion to the beginnings of the Arab conquest, by a highly competent archeol-
ogist and historian.
B
a r
- I
l a n
, M
e y e r
,
and
Z
e v i n
, S
h l o m o
J
o s e p h
,
eds.
Encyclopedia Talmudit
{Talmudic encyclopedia).
Jerusalem, Encyclopedia Talmudit , 1949. 383 p.