Books: Stories from Israel

TEHILLA & OTHER ISRAELI TALES (271 pp.)—Abelard-Schuman ($3.50).

This anthology offers a sampling of a new national literature that is still in the process of being born. While all nine of the stories were originally written in Hebrew, only three of the authors are sabras*, born in Palestine and accustomed to the language from infancy. The others, coming as immigrants, had to learn vernacular Hebrew at ages ranging from 19 to 33. Most of the stories reflect the authors' predominantly European culture, and echoes of Voltaire, De Maupassant, James Joyce and Sholom Aleichem sound...

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