Yoram Kaniuk was an Israeli writer, painter, journalist, and theater critic. Contents . 1 Biography At the age of 17, Kaniuk joined the Palmach. In , during the War of Independence, he was shot in the legs by an Englishman in a keffiyeh. Sixty years after fighting in Israel’s War of Independence, Yoram Kaniuk tries to remember what exactly did—and did not—happen in his time as a teenage. Buy by Yoram Kaniuk, Laurence Sendrowicz (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.

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Description Drawing directly and movingly from Yoram Kaniuk s own experiences as a teenaged soldier in the Palmach unit of the Israeli army during the War for Independence, this memoir-novel portrays an entire generation of young men from good homes who found themselves immersed in a struggle they did not fully understand.

An international conference dedicated to the works of Kaniuk was held at Cambridge University in March It felt like a stream of rambling about the author’s experience fighting in the Independence War, and his current bitterness and cynicism about the whole thing. The Autobiography of Santa Claus.


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There’s a problem loading this menu at the moment. Half Spent Was the Night. The novel offers a singular vision of a crucial moment in modern history and sheds some light on the complicated situation in the Middle East. Webarchive template wayback links CS1 maint: By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. See all free Kindle reading apps. Eschewing self-righteousness in favor of self-criticism, Kaniuk’s book, winner of the Sapir Prize for Literature, is the tale of a younger man told by his older, wiser self—the self who realizes that wars are pointless, and that he and his friends, young men from good homes forming an offbeat band of brothers, were senseless to see glory in the prospect of dying young.

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Kzniuk result is a touchingly poignant and hauntingly beautiful memoir that the author himself considers a work of fiction, for what is memory but one’s own story about the past?


The Mayor of Casterbridge. In MayKaniuk petitioned the Israeli Interior Ministry to change his religion status from “Jewish” to “no religion. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

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Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The years which have passed sincebetween the bitter time when Kaniuk fought in the War of Independence and when his memories became a book, remind me yoarm 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.

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Please try again later. Far from trying to justify his own actions, Kaniuk opts instead for self-criticism, reflecting on the pointlessness of war and the foolishness of a group of inexperienced, white-collar boys turned brothers-in-arms who senselessly imagined that there was some glory in dying so young.