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Yemenite Redemption and New Hebraism
The Novel 'Yaish' by Hayim Hazaz
סדרת Critical Horizons
By Itamar Drori
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This book seeks to interpret the novel “Yaish” by Hayim Hazaz as a poetic, cultural and historiosophical phenomenon. The four volumes of this canonical novel were published in the 1940s and 1950s, and earned its author the first Israel Prize given in literature (1953). Hazaz (1898-1973), a novelist of modern Hebrew literature known for his writings on the Jewish shtetl in Eastern Europe and its destruction in the wake of the Communist Revolution, turned in this novel to writing about the Jewish community in Sanaa, Yemen in the late nineteenth century. The Yemenite community was viewed in Israeli culture (art, dance, music, etc.) as the paradigm of an ancient 'tribe', pure – before becoming “contaminated” metaphorically by European and non-Jewish values and attitudes. Thus Hazaz sets his testimony in “Yaish” to the late nineteenth century, before the Yemenite Jews came into contact with the Jews of Europe and a pro-western climate. In this novel he attempts to provide a colorful gallery of characters which together create a panoramic picture of Jewish society in exile, a sort of Yemenite Jewish comedy. Unlike the European Jewish experience, which ended in destruction and had to be rebuilt, the Yemenite experience of Yaish portrayed in the novel allows for survival of his Hebrew-Jewish identity in turbulent times.

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Danacode: 110-20212
ISBN: 978-965-226-456-5
Categories: Critical Horizons- edited by Prof. Avidov Lipsker Literature Philosophy and Aesthetics
Published: May 2014
Language: Hebrew
17X25 cm
650 gr
210 pages

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