J'Accuse

Aharon Shabtai (Author) Peter Cole (Translator)
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With a splendid lyrical physicality that accentuates Shabtai's terse immediacy and matter-of-fact scorn, the poems cover a period of six yearsfrom the 1996 election of Netanyahu as prime minister through the curfews, lynchings, riots, sieges, and bombings of the second intifada. But at the heart of J'Accuse is the fate of the ethical Hebrew culture in which the poet was raised: Shabtai refuses to abandon his belief in the moral underpinnings of Israeli society or to be silent before the barbaric and brutal. He witnesses, he protests, he warns. Above all, he holds up a mirror to his nation.

Product Details

Price
$14.95
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
April 17, 2003
Pages
80
Dimensions
5.26 X 0.3 X 8.14 inches | 0.24 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780811215398
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About the Author

Born in 1939 and educated on a kibbutz, and at the Hebrew University, the Sorbonne, and Cambridge, Aharon Shabtai is the author of sixteen books of poetry and the greatest contemporary translator into Hebrew of Greek drama.
Peter Cole's previous books of poems include Things on Which I've Stumbled (New Directions). Among his volumes of translation are The Poetry of Kabbalah: Mystical Verse from the Jewish Tradition and The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492. Cole, who divides his time between Jerusalem and New Haven, was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2007.

Reviews

Shabtai is one of the most exciting poets writing anywhere
"Peter Cole's translations superbly capture the stark rhythms and cadences of the original. Accurate and representative, they bring to life a substantial segment of the work of this enormously high-charged and talented poet."