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By Ari Ofengenden

The poet Abraham Shlonsky (1900–1973) should be considered as the most architect of Jewish Modernism and Hebrew secular tradition. In his an important contribution, Ari Ofengenden disentangles Shlonsky’s paintings from Zionist readings and indicates how his poetics redeem reviews of radical political displacement, exile and alienation by using an exact, chiseled but playfully enigmatic kind. Writing on immigrants, refugees and concrete outcasts following the demanding occasions of the 1st global battle and the Civil conflict in Russia, his poetry constitutes a fusion of Modernist ecu poetry with biblical and rabbinic resources with the affects of Georg Trakl and Rimbaud. The booklet situates Shlonsky’s poetry within the context of his “rebellion” opposed to the romantic poetry of C.N. Bialik and as an lively player within the ecu forms of Symbolism and Expressionism. The booklet is essential for knowing sleek Hebrew and Jewish tradition, and extra ordinarily as an exemplar of contemporary extra common hybridizations of culture and modernity.

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