Art & War: Poetry, Pulp and Politics in Israeli Fiction (Paperback)

Poetry, Pulp and Politics in Israeli Fiction

By Lavie Tidhar, Shimon Adaf

Repeater, 9781910924044, 300pp.

Publication Date: April 26, 2016



Shimon Adaf and Lavie Tidhar are two of Israel's most subversive and politically outspoken writers. Growing up on opposite sides of the Israeli spectrum - Tidhar in the north of Israel in the Zion-ist, socialist Kibbutz; Adaf from a family of religious Mizrahi Jews living in Sderot - the two nevertheless shared a love of books, and were especially drawn to the strange visions and outrageous sensibilities of the science fiction that was available in Hebrew.

In Art and War, they engage in a dialogue that covers their approach to writing the fantastic, as they question how to write about Israel and Palestine, about Judaism, about the Holocaust, about childhoods and their end.

Extending the conversation even into their fiction, the book contains two brand new short stories - Tutim by Tidhar, and Third Attribute by Adaf - in which each appears as a character in the other's tale; simultaneously political and fantastical, they burn with an angry, despairing intensity.

About the Author

Lavie Tidhar is the author of the World Fantasy Award winning Osama, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winning A Man Lies Dreaming and the critically-acclaimed The Violent Century. He lives in London. Shimon Adaf is the author of several highly regarded novels, including the Sapir Prize winning Mox Nox. His third poetry collection, Aviva-No, won the Yehuda Amichai Award. He lives in Tel Aviv.