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The Road to Ein Harod

Amos Kenan
In the dreamlike reality of The Road to Ein Harod, Israel is in the grip of a civil war following a military coup. Having killed an intruder, the narrator Rafi flees for his life towards Kibbutz Ein Harod in the Jezreel Valley. On the way he meets the Arab Mahmoud, who becomes the only person he can trust. The flight to Ein Harod becomes the road of ultimate understanding. But all the roads are blocked and the two are caught. In desperation they take two soldiers as hostages, but are unable to proceed and Mahmoud is shot. Reflecting on the past, Rafi realizes that he has fought for misguided ideals. When he finally reaches Ein Harod, he discovers that the preservation of freedom and decency which he dreamed of does not exist.

The novel's historiosophical conclusions are fairly simple but highly concentrated....In the course of the apocalypse the utopian Ein Harod is transmuted into Ein Jalud and the Crusaders' Ein Harod.
Critic Giora Leshem

I read The Road to Ein Harod at full speed, in one sitting, as though I were travelling in its pages from Tel Aviv to Ein Harod at 150 km an hour.

Kenan The Road to Ein Harod
Title The Road to Ein Harod
Author’s Last Name Kenan
Author's First Name Amos
Language(s) English, German, French, Arabic, Danish, Hungarian, Spanish
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Am Oved
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1984
Year of Publication 2 (Hebrew) 2016
No. Pages 120 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-Derech Le-Ein Harod
Representation Represented by ITHL


French: Paris, Albin Michel, 1984
Arabic: Beirut, Al-Kalemah, 1987
English: London, Al Saqi, 1986; New York, Grove, 1988
German: Augsburg, Oelbaum, 1987
Spanish: Jerusalem, La Semana, 1987
Danish: Copenhagen, Tiden, 1990
Czech: Prague, Ivo Zelezny, 1993
Hungarian: Budapest, Babel, 1997

Holocaust II (early version of Block 23 [novella])
French: Paris, Flammarion, 1976

At the Station
French: Milan, G.Upiglio, 1964

Le Cheval Fini
French: Paris, Grasset, 1966

Odessa Mama (from: Tulips our Brothers )
French: Paris, RLD, 1994, 2001

Selected Poems & Stories
French: Turin, Fratelli Pozzo/Paris, G. le Prat, 1962; Grasset, 1966, Y.Riviere, 1974