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Gabriel Piterberg: S. Yizhar

26 February 2009
‘Midnight Convoy’ and Other Stories 
by S. Yizhar, translated by Misha Louvish et al.
Toby, 283 pp., £9.99, May 2007, 978 1 59264 183 3
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Khirbet Khizeh 
by S. Yizhar, translated by Nicholas de Lange and Yaacob Dweck.
Ibis, 131 pp., $16.95, April 2008, 978 965 90 1259 6
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Preliminaries 
by S. Yizhar, translated by Nicholas de Lange.
Toby, 305 pp., £14.95, May 2007, 978 1 59264 190 1
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... Yizhar Smilansky, who wrote under the pen-name of S. Yizhar, was the best of the Israeli prose writers for whom Hebrew is a first language, as distinct from those who emigrated to Palestine from Eastern Europe ...

Protest s with Parasols

Michael Wood: Proust, Dreyfus, Israel

20 December 2012
Proust among the Nations: From Dreyfus to the Middle East 
by Jacqueline Rose.
Chicago, 239 pp., £22.50, February 2012, 978 0 226 72578 9
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... Profonde Albertine’, the narrator writes close to the end of Prousts novel. By ‘deep’ – profonde – he means ‘unreachable’. She was mostly that when she was alive, and has assumed this quality as a permanent attribute now that she is dead ...
19 June 1986
The Siege: The Saga of Zionism and Israel 
by Conor Cruise O’Brien.
Weidenfeld, 798 pp., £20, May 1986, 0 297 78393 9
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... Conor Cruise O’Brien has enjoyed a career of variety and distinction: diplomat, politician, man of letters, an expert on Africa, Irish history and French literature ...

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