1948: A Novel by Yoram Kaniuk

By Yoram Kaniuk

Sixty years after combating 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 concerning the past?

Eschewing self-righteousness in desire of self-criticism, Kaniuk's publication, winner of the 2010 Sapir Prize for Literature, is the story of a more youthful guy instructed via his older, wiser self--the self who realizes that wars are unnecessary, and that he and his buddies, younger males from sturdy houses forming an offbeat band of brothers, have been mindless to work out glory within the prospect of death younger. however it can also be a painful, surprising, and tragically suitable homage to the significance of bearing witness to the follies of the previous, even--or especially--when they're one's own.

Translated from the Hebrew via Anthony Berris.

Yoram Kaniuk, certainly one of Israel's top writers, used to be born in Tel Aviv in 1930. After being wounded in Israel's 1948 battle of Independence, he moved to ny 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 origin Award (2010), and the Sapir Prize (2010). In 2011, he got an Honorary Doctorate from Tel Aviv college. Kaniuk's books were released in 20 languages.

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