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A Dispirited Rebellion: Essays on Contemporary Israeli Culture

Gadi Taub
This book is a brilliant attempt to describe and interpret current cultural developments in Israel, as manifested in the literature, art and media produced by people now in their 20s and 30s. Taub analyzes the experiences that nourish these creative people, and shows the connections, e.g., between the fiction of Orly Castel-Bloom and a certain kind of Israeli television, between rock groups and the local press in various towns, between Etgar Keret's stories and Quentin Tarantino's films. He seeks to understands the pessimism of these creative young people, and the influence of American culture on them and their work; also why they have not formed a fighting avant-garde. Taub's analyses are set against current ideas in contemporary Western discourse, and he tackles postmodernism as an ideology and moral argument, as well as the destruction of myths as panaceas for the malaise of mankind.
The book appeared after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, which is seen here as a possible watershed for an entire generation's attitude towards itself.

With this book Taub emerges as the 'thinking mind' of his generation.

An excellent analysis of the postmodernist world in which this young culture functions... Taub is a profound observer with a sharp pen.

Partial English translation available (for publishers only)

A Dispirited Rebellion: Essays on Contemporary Israeli Culture
Title A Dispirited Rebellion: Essays on Contemporary Israeli Culture
Author’s Last Name Taub
Author's First Name Gadi
Genre non-fiction
Publisher (Hebrew) Hakibbutz Hameuchad
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1997
No. Pages 293 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-Mered Ha-Shafuf: Al Tarbut Tzeirah Be-Israel
Representation Represented by ITHL