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Contemporary IsraelNew Insights and Scholarship$
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Frederick E. Greenspahn

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479896806

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479896806.001.0001

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Israeli Fiction

Israeli Fiction

National Identity and Private Lives

(p.195) 8 Israeli Fiction
Contemporary Israel

Nehama Aschkenasy

NYU Press

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.

Keywords:   Aharon Appelfeld, David Grossman, Amos Oz, identity, post-Zionism

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