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Breakdown and Bereavement

Yosef Haim Brenner
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.

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.
Prof. David Patterson

Brenner Breakdown and Bereavment
Title Breakdown and Bereavement
Author’s Last Name Brenner
Author's First Name Yosef Haim
Language(s) English, Chinese
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) New York: Stybel
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1920
Publisher 2 (Hebrew) Am Oved
Year of Publication 2 (Hebrew) 1972
Publisher 3 (Hebrew) Hakibbutz Hameuchad
Year of Publication 3 (Hebrew) 2006
No. Pages 247 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Shchol Ve-Kishalon, O, Sefer Ha-Hitlabtut
Representation Not Represented by ITHL


English: London, Cornell Univ. Press, 1971; Philadelphia, JPS, 1971; New York/London, Toby Press, 2004
Chinese: Hefei, Anhui Literature and Art, 1998

English: In: Eight Great Hebrew Short Novels, New York, New American Library, 1983
Spanish: In: Ocho Obras Maestras de la Narrativa Hebrea, Barcelona, Riopiedras, 1989
French: Paris, lntertextes, 1989; Paris, Noel Blandin, 1991

Out of the Depths
English: Colorado, Westview Press, 1992; New York/London, Toby Press, 2008

Around the Point
Yiddish: Berlin, Yiddisher Literarisher Verlag, 1923

In the Winter
Yiddish: Warsaw, Literarisher Bleter, 1936

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