Pinhas Sadeh. Life as a Parable

"I wish to tell about my life as it progressed through what is called good and what is called bad; through love, loneliness, anger, grace, sin, contemplation, happiness and torment... Comprised chiefly of pictures from the author's life, the novel draws on sources ranging from the New Testament to Dostoyevsky. The parable of the title is God, but Sadeh's concern is with man alone facing God.

Pinhas Sadeh combines in one person the childish innocence of the archetypal poet and the crabbed anger of the archetypal prophet.

This novel has become a chapter in the personal biography of all who have read it. It is difficult to explain the profound effect this book has had on its readers.
Yedioth Ahronoth

Life as a Parable
Title Life as a Parable
Author’s Last Name Sadeh
Author's First Name Pinhas
Language(s) English, Spanish
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Sheshet
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1958
Publisher 2 (Hebrew) Schocken
Year of Publication 2 (Hebrew) 1968; extended ed. 1984
Publisher 3 (Hebrew) Schocken, Yedioth Ahronoth
Year of Publication 3 (Hebrew) 2010; Schocken, 2014
No. Pages 442 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-Chayim Ke-Mashal
Representation Represented by ITHL


English: London, Blond, 1966; Jerusalem, Carta, 1989
Spanish: Granada, Granada University Press, 2004

Jewish Folktales
English: New York, Doubleday, 1989; London, Collins, 1990
German: Munich, Hanser, 1989; Frankfurt, Buchergilde Gutenberg, 1992

Selected Poems
Catalan: Barcelona, Edicions 62/Empuries, 2002