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The Modern Dance

The Modern Dance revolves around Berlin and Tel Aviv in 1929 and
1930, fateful years in the history of the 20th century, and in the
history of Jewish artists in Europe and Israel. The book is written in a
way that is reminiscent of the sampling technique in music: In each of the
five chapters, Sapir uses the writing of a prominent author who was active
during that dramatic time—Maurice Merleau-Ponty, David Vogel, Walter
Benjamin, Alfred Doblin and Leah Goldberg—and writes in their styles
stories that they did not write, but perhaps could have written. Linking the
stories, like Ariadne’s thread, is the figure of the German-Jewish dancer
Valeska Gert who choreographed solo works and collaborated with avantgarde



A rare literary and intellectual
pleasure, a new kind of beauty.

This book invites us to…think
ourselves into the bodies and
minds of those who have no place
or language of their own, or who
feel alien to [them]…makes us
identify with alternative cultural
histories…A breathtaking
linguistic monument.
Prof. Yigal Schwartz

Title The Modern Dance
Author’s Last Name Sapir
Author's First Name Michal
Language(s) Hebrew
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, Dvir
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2018
No. Pages 304
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-Rikud Ha-Moderni
Representation Represented by ITHL
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