Yoram Kaniuk's 1948: A Novel PDF

By Yoram Kaniuk

ISBN-10: 1590176480

ISBN-13: 9781590176481

Sixty years after battling in Israel's warfare 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 appealing 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 want of self-criticism, Kaniuk's booklet, winner of the 2010 Sapir Prize for Literature, is the story of a more youthful guy informed by way of his older, wiser self--the self who realizes that wars are unnecessary, and that he and his pals, younger males from reliable 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, 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 through Anthony Berris.

Yoram Kaniuk, one among Israel's major writers, used to be born in Tel Aviv in 1930. After being wounded in Israel's 1948 conflict of Independence, he moved to big apple 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 fulfillment (2008), the France-Israel beginning Award (2010), and the Sapir Prize (2010). In 2011, he acquired an Honorary Doctorate from Tel Aviv college. Kaniuk's books were released in 20 languages.

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He couldn’t play it here because he didn’t have the cards and there wasn’t another team, but he played a variation of this: he thought of something that had lots of examples, like, say, ‘Fruit’, and tried to think of as many different fruits as he could before whoever it was who was giving them a hard time went away again. Chocolate bars. Mars, of course. Snickers. Bounty. Were there any more ice-cream ones? He couldn’t remember. Topic. Picnic. ‘Hey, Marcus, who’s your favourite rapper? Tupac? ’ Marcus knew these names, but he didn’t know what they meant, or any of their songs, and anyway he knew he wasn’t meant to give an answer.

But now, because of him, the koala bears had fallen into the sea and the piranhas were taking an interest in them. Nobody had hurt them, not yet, and Marcus knew all the stuff about sticks and stones and names. But insults were hurled in just the same way as missiles, if you thought about it, and if other people happened to be standing in the line of fire they got hit too. That’s what had happened with Nicky and Mark: he had made them visible, he had turned them into targets, and if he was any kind of a friend at all he’d take himself well away from them.

No. ’ ‘You’ve been really good about everything. ’ He understood what she meant. The first sort of life had ended four years ago, when he was eight and his mum and dad had split up; that was the normal, boring kind, with school and holidays and homework and weekend visits to grandparents. The second sort was messier, and there were more people and places in it: his mother’s boyfriends and his dad’s girlfriends; flats and houses; Cambridge and London. You wouldn’t believe that so much could change just because a relationship ended, but he wasn’t bothered.

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