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A.B. Yehoshua on Israeli Identity

Is the Israeli identity a purely monolithic one? Is there space for other viable identities?

Conventional accounts of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians assume an intractable battle between two different political identities. But is Israeli identity and culture so monolithic, and what is its relationship to the Zionist ideal? If it was ever robust, is the idea of an Israeli identity slowly wearying and beginning to fragment? Two writers discuss the issues.
A.B. Yehoshua is a Professor of Literature at Haifa University and an internationally acclaimed novelist – he has been described by the New York Times as “a kind of Israeli Faulkner”, and is the author of The Lover and A Woman in Jerusalem. Linda Grant won the Orange Prize for Fiction for her novel When I Lived in Modern Times; her most recent book is The People on the Street: A Writer's View of Israel.


Professor A.B. Yehoshua | talks
Linda Grant | talks


Date and Time:

5 June 2006 at 7:00 pm


1 hour



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