1948: A Novel by Yoram Kaniuk

By Yoram Kaniuk

Sixty years after struggling with in Israel's conflict of Independence, Yoram Kaniuk attempts to recollect what precisely did--and did not--happen in his time as a teenage soldier within the Palmach. the result's a touchingly poignant and hauntingly attractive memoir that the writer himself considers a piece of fiction, for what's reminiscence yet one's personal tale in regards to the past?

Eschewing self-righteousness in desire of self-criticism, Kaniuk's booklet, winner of the 2010 Sapir Prize for Literature, is the story of a more youthful guy informed through his older, wiser self--the self who realizes that wars are unnecessary, and that he and his pals, younger males from stable houses forming an offbeat band of brothers, have been mindless to determine glory within the prospect of loss of life younger. however it is usually a painful, stunning, and tragically proper homage to the significance of bearing witness to the follies of the earlier, even--or especially--when they're one's own.

Translated from the Hebrew by means of Anthony Berris.

Yoram Kaniuk, considered one of Israel's top writers, used to be born in Tel Aviv in 1930. After being wounded in Israel's 1948 warfare of Independence, he moved to long island for 10 years. A novelist, painter, and journalist, Kaniuk has released novels, memoirs, brief tales, nonfiction, and books for kids and teenagers. Named an Officer in France's Order of Arts and Letters in 2012, Kaniuk can also be the recipient of the Méditerranée Étranger (2000), the Newman Prize (2006), the Kugel Prize for Lifetime success (2008), the France-Israel starting place Award (2010), and the Sapir Prize (2010). In 2011, he bought an Honorary Doctorate from Tel Aviv college. Kaniuk's books were released in 20 languages.

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