SPEAKING ABOUT THE UNSPEAKABLE: THE OTHER IN ISRAELI, PALESTINIAN AND ARAB LITERATURE ON THE EXAMPLE OF THREE NOVELS
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Palestinian, Israeli and Arabic literatures have developed, for the past 60 years, in such a close geographic proximity, yet so far apart. Sixty years after the Nakba, and the establishment of the Israeli State, the battle of terminology continues not only bloodily on the ground, but also silently in literature. Despite many taboos, all three players are present in the others' literature, unnamed, untouched, and thus sometimes even more present. The authoress decided to analyze three novels. The first is by a great Palestinian writer Jabra Ibrahim J a b r a Gabra Ibrahim G a b r a, 'In Search of Walid Masoud' (Arab. Bahth' an Walid Mas'ud). The second is written by one of the most important Israeli writers of the so-called 'Statehood Generation' (1960s-1980s), A.B. Ye h o s h u a, 'The Lover'. Her third case is a novella story from modern Arabic literature, published only last year in Damascus 'Yawmiyyat Yahudi min Dimashq' by Ibrahim a l - D j a b i n. Through those authors the authoress tried to examine how 'the other' is portrayed. She has put the politics aside, and tried to see the Arab-Israeli conflict through a purely literary lens.
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