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1948 by Yoram Kaniuk


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1948 by Yoram Kaniuk
Nov 27, 2012 | ISBN 9781590176481

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“Wondrous, trenchant, disturbing. An excellent book. The unimpeded movement within the span of memory is daring and direct, subverts convention and shifts between dramatic power and lyrical refinement.” — The Sapir Prize Committee
1948 is a very fine book, outspoken and honest, without any personal or literary pretense. The years which have passed since 1948, between the bitter time when Kaniuk fought in the War of Independence and when his memories became a book, remind me of heavy rains which fall to earth, that gather, permeate, and filter through great layers of time and earth, waiting in darkness until they spurt into the light.” — Meir Shalev, Yedioth Ahronoth
1948 is the best book I’ve read in the past year. Kaniuk has used his writer’s pen to create one of the most important stories about Israel’s War of Independence… His voice is blunt, clear, loving and anguished.” — Motti Golani, Haaretz
“An experimentalist fond of the southerly wind of the long and longing sentence, he has rightly been compared with Borges and Marquez as much as with James Joyce.” —Joshua Cohen, The Jewish Daily Foreward

One of the masters of contemporary fiction [because of] his inordinate technical skill, fecundity of incident and character, and overall intensity.” —Chicago Tribune

“If the prophets of the Old Testament had read Joyce, Kafka, Márquez, Conrad and Gershom Scholem, listened to American jazz, seen Broadway musicals and heard Lenny Bruce, they might have sounded something like Kaniuk.” —Nicole Krauss, Time

“Of the novelists I have discovered in translation…the three for whom I have the greatest admiration are Gabriel García Márquez, Peter Handke, and Yoram Kaniuk.” —Susan Sontag

“A writer of remarkable gifts…highly original and richly complicated.” —The New York Review of Books

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