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Breakdown and Bereavement

Brenner’s last novel is set in a Jewish settlement in Palestine in the years before World War I, when the tragic pattern of Arab-Jewish relations was taking shape. Much more than an absorbing period piece, it is a story of the individual suffering and loneliness that are part of the human condition. The hero, Hefetz, is a typical Brenner character, a wanderer in search of a spiritual homeland. His desperate attempt to build a new life in Palestine symbolizes the Zionist experiment as a whole.

Chinese, English
Title Breakdown and Bereavement
Writer's Last Name Haim Brenner
Writer's First Name Yosef
Genre Fiction
Publisher (Hebrew) Hakibbutz Hameuchad
No. Pages 247pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Shchol Ve-Kishalon, O, Sefer Ha-Hitlabtut
  • “ Brenner's talent reaches its height in this novel ....A blend of penetrating insight, poignancy, honesty, compassion and artistry, the novel constitutes a human document of high order.”