Khirbet Khizeh

S.Yizhar

Published: 3 February 2011
Paperback, 168x125
125x168mm, 128 pages
ISBN: 9781847083944
£9.99

Translated by Nicholas de Lange and Yaacob Dweck

Overview

This 1949 novella about the violent expulsion of Palestinian villagers by the Israeli army has long been considered a modern Hebrew masterpiece, and it has also given rise to fierce controversy over the years. Published just months after the end of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Khirbet Khizeh (the 'kh' pronounced like the 'ch' in 'Bach') was an immediate sensation when it first appeared. Thousands of Israeli Jews rushed to read it, the critics began to argue about it, and a Palestinian journalist in Nablus described it as a sign that the Israeli army had a conscience and that peace was possible. Since then, the book has continued to challenge and disturb. The various debates it has prompted would themselves make Khirbet Khizeh worth reading, but the novella is much more than a vital historical document: it is also a great work of art. Yizhar's haunting, lyrical style and charged registration of the landscape are in many ways as startling as his wrenchingly honest view of one of Israel's defining moments. Despite its international reputation, this is the first UK publication of Khirbet Khizeh.


About the author

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S. Yizhar was the pen-name of Yizhar Smilansky, born in Rehovot, Palestine, in 1916. A long-time member of Knesset for the Mapai (Labor) Party, he is perhaps most famous as the author of Khirbet Khizeh and for his magnum opus, Days of Tziklag, about the 1948 war. After winning the Israel Prize in 1959, he taught education at the Hebrew University for many years and lapsed into literary silence until 1992, when he published the first of a trilogy of autobiographical novels, Preliminaries. He died in 2006. More about the author





 
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