Khirbet Khizeh


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.

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