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"How Does a Father Seat a Son on Vipers' Nest?" Son and His Parents: A Fresh Reading of the Writings of S. Yizhar / 'איך אבא מושיב ילד על קן צרעות?' — בין בן להוריו: קריאה מחודשת בכתבי ס. יזהר

נורית גוברין and Nurit Govrin
Dappim: Research in Literature / דפים למחקר בספרות
כרך‎ 17/16 (תשס"ח-תשס"ט), pp. 251-293
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23417837
Page Count: 43
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"How Does a Father Seat a Son on Vipers' Nest?" Son and His Parents: A Fresh Reading of the Writings of S. Yizhar / 'איך אבא מושיב ילד על קן צרעות?' — בין בן להוריו: קריאה מחודשת בכתבי ס. יזהר
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Abstract

The article proposes a fresh reading of the work of S. Yizhar in the setting of becoming acquainted with the members of his family, their lives and the relationships within the family. Particular attention is paid to the connection between the relationship with Yisrael, the firstborn brother, who was killed in his youth in a motorcycle accident, and Yizhar's writing, his years of silence, and the 'correction' through a balancing of his work in his final years. An underlying assumption is that acquaintance with the writer's biographical background has great importance for better understanding of his work. The biographical aspect in Yizhar's work and its influence on his writing is a world that has barely been investigated. The first two of the three central examples are from Yizhar's first period of writing. These are an early story about the father: 'The Morning of an Elderly Pioneer' (1947) and the story about his brother: 'A Tale that Never Began' (1963). The third example, the book Mikdamot (1992), opens the second period of his writing, at whose center is the family (mother, father, brother). This second period is marked by the Yizhar's 'correction' to his oeuvre.

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