"The short, delightful book Facing the Fires. . . . helps create a portrait of Yehoshua as a committed writer and thinker, integrally linked to the development of the modern state—both physical and psychological—of Israel."—World Literature Today
"The reader of this volume sees into the troubled mind of a loyal citizen profoundly opposed to his government’s policies. . . . A good choice for undergraduate and graduate collections."—Choice
In Facing the Fires, Bernard Horn introduces A. B. Yehoshua, Israel’s greatest living novelist, to an English-speaking audience. Yehoshua is also his country’s most audacious thinker about politics, culture, history, and Jewish identity.
Yehoshua’s achievement has been recognized throughout the world, and he has been awarded literary prizes in both Israel and the United States. A lively, controversial, and prophetic voice in his homeland, Yehoshua rigorously tests his community’s deepest pieties: religion, Zionism, and the agony of the Holocaust. A Jew who does not believe in God, he is a committed Zionist and member of the “peace camp” in Israel that welcomed the Palestinian uprising of 1987.
In the tradition of the Paris Review interviews, Horn’s conversations with Yehoshua reveal the intricate play of literary, psychological, mythological, and political motifs in the novelist’s work. Stimulated by a warm friendship between the two scholars, the intellectual energy of Facing the Fires offers readers a pleasure they might expect only from fiction.
Bernard Horn is professor of English at Framingham State College in Massachusetts. He has published poems, as well as articles, on Herman Melville, Norman Mailer, David Mamet, and the biblical book of Numbers.
6 x 9, 212 pages