What themes preoccupy Israeli literature today and how do they reflect and shape the national psyche? What space do ‘private homes’ occupy within the national one and how do they voice their own concerns? How far did Israeli literature go from the initial call for ‘one nation – one voice’?
The novelists Yehudit Katzir and Eshkol Nevo discussed these topics and more with Professor Hannah Naveh, the distinguished scholar of Israeli culture.
The wandering Jew has become the wandering Israeli, backpacking in far-flung places in search of meaning and identity. Neuland, an epic new work by feted Israeli novelist Eshkol Nevo, tells twin stories of those who found refuge in the newly established Israeli state and their offspring 60 years on who are starting afresh – yet again – elsewhere.
Set in an upper-middle-class Tel Aviv apartment building, prize-winning author Eshkol Nevo’s brilliant recent novel, translated by Sondra Silverstein, presents a complex and emotionally wrought society, through revealing the turmoil, secrets, unreliable confessions and problematic decisions of the building’s interconnected residents.