National Identity and Private Lives
Israeli literature reflects the nation’s ideological concerns, which include questions of identity, language, ethnicity, place of birth, setting, and relationship to the past. Minority voices, including those of women, Sephardim, Russians, and English language writers, are increasingly included, along with children of Holocaust survivors, reflecting that event’s growing incorporation into the national memory. The works of Amos Oz, Aharon Appelfeld, and David Grossman illustrate contemporary Israel’s search for self-definition.
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