Memory, Identity, and Creation in the Work of David Shahar
Publication Year: 2004
Published by: State University of New York Press
Title Page, Copyright
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The authors are grateful to Shulamit Shahar, Meir Shahar, and Madeleine Neige for their cooperation and encouragement. We also wish to thank Murray Baumgarten, Yair Mazor, Alan Mintz, and Henry Sussman for their help and support.We are beholden to Tamar Sofer and Mark Shaeffer for the ...
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At the time of his death, April 2, 1997, David Shahar had not become a household name. He died in France, and his body was transported back home to Jerusalem, where a brief ceremony was held before the funeral procession to the Mount of Olives. A few dozen people gathered in the little plaza outside Beit Hasofer in downtown Jerusalem around a slightly raised stone platform ...
Chapter 1. Flirting with the Uncanny
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Somewhere near the middle of the first volume of David Shahar’s novel sequence The Palace of Shattered Vessels, the narrator describes a scene he witnessed many years before. He was a ten-year-old boy sitting on the verandah reading a book (Bialik’s adaptation of Don Quixote) when judge Dan Gutkin, a Jewish magistrate under the British Mandate administration, came to pay a ...
Chapter 2. The Eyes of a Woman in (and out of ) Love: Creation, Painting, and Betrayal in Shahar’s Fiction
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In this chapter we set out to explore the peculiar and recurrent association in Shahar’s fiction between painting, betrayal, and the ambiguity of the female gaze. We begin by tracing this pattern through several short stories and the novel His Majesty’s Agent. We then return to The Palace of Shattered Vessels,where the art of painting does not figure prominently but where, as we propose ...
Chapter 3. Shahar’s Jerusalem
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Critics and reviewers of Shahar’s work have long recognized him as a “Jerusalem author.”1 Jerusalem is not only the city where Shahar was born and where he lived most of his life, it also is the setting for most of his works; The Palace of Shattered Vessels bore, for a while, the subtitle “Jerusalem Scrolls.” But how exactly does Jerusalem function in the Palace novels? How does the representation of ...
Chapter 4. Otherness, Identity, and Place
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Shahar is not often thought of as an author who deals with the “Arab question,” and studies dealing with the treatment of this topic in Israeli literature hardly ever mention his name.1 It is true that the narrative of The Palace of Shattered Vessels does not seem, at least at first sight, a particularly hospitable context for the discussion of political and ideological issues. Yet the narrator’s ...
Chapter 5. Remembering Proust
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In 1978, in a review article devoted to Shahar’s Summer in the Street of the Prophets, which had just come out in French translation, the journalist Jacqueline Piatier (who was then the editor of the book section of Le Monde) wrote: “David Shahar is a Hebrew author whose name the French should know since it is that of a master. . . . A few volumes of his Jerusalem Scrolls have already ...
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Page Count: 204
Illustrations: 3 maps
Publication Year: 2004
Series Title: SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture
Series Editor Byline: Sarah Blacher Cohen