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Bookniks: Postcards From the Unholy Land

Idit Eshel, Etgar Keret, Avi Pitchon, Keith Kahn-Harris

01/03/2007 12:15 pm
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Viewed from the outside, Israel sometimes appears to be a maelstrom of violence, insecurity and religious-secular conflict. But Israel is also a hub of creative energy with its emerging subcultures producing often radical and highly distinctive art in a number of fields. “Postcards from the Unholy Land” discussed the significance of the new Israeli culture with some of its most idiosyncratic and interesting practitioners. What are the implications of the vibrancy of Israeli culture for the Israeli state? Are they a challenge to the status quo or an escape from it?

Idit Eshel

Idit Eshel is a Jaffa based singer-songwriter and emerging star on the Israeli music scene. She has also voice coached major Israeli rock stars including Shoteh Hanevoa. Her self-titled debut album was released in 2004.

Etgar Keret

Etgar Keret is one of the leading voices in Israeli literature and cinema, his short stories, novellas and graphic novels translated in twenty-six languages. His film Jellyfish won the Camera d\'Or at the Cannes Festival. Keret teaches in Ben Gurion University’s Hebrew Literature department.

Avi Pitchon

Avi Pitchon is an independent curator, journalist, artist and critic.

Keith Kahn-Harris

Dr Keith Kahn-Harris is a writer and sociologist. He teaches at Leo Baeck College and Birkbeck College and runs the European Jewish Research Archive at the Institute for Jewish Policy Research.