In this closing night for the festival The Seventh Day: Israeli Literature Fifty Years After The Six-Day War, prize-winning Israeli author Reuven Namdar will be conversing with Tablet Magazine’s Liel Leibovitz on issues at the root of Namdar’s experiences as an Israeli expat, insider and outsider traversing along two languages and worlds. Do language and literature have a territory? What do we mean when we speak of “American Literature”, «Israeli Literature» and “Jewish Literature”? The discussion will be followed by a reception, a book sale and signing by the author.
In the spring of 2000 Jerusalem-born author Ruby Namdar found himself wandering in the streets of New York, taking in the magnitude and glory of this larger-than-life city. Written in New York, in an unusually rich and complex Hebrew prose, «The Ruined House» was Namdar’s literary response to this experience, as well as to the experience of living and working outside of the “Hebrew territory”. Winner of the 2014 Sapir Prize, Israel’s most important literary award, the novel describes a year in the life of a university professor whose life begins to unravel as he is visited by a string of inexplicable visions of the Holy Temple in Roman era Jerusalem. A few months after Namdar won it, the Sapir Prize committee changed the guidelines in order to prevent other expat Israeli authors living outside of Israel from submitting their work in the future. This controversial decision caused a lively debate, echoes of which still resonate now and then in the Israeli press.
Tickrts: $10/$5 for members of AJHS, CJH, and 14th Street Y.
The Seventh Day Festival director is Hanan Elstein.
This event is produced and supported by 14th Street Y (Arts + Culture and DJL), and co-sponsored by The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS), Center for Jewish History, Consulate General of Israel in New York, Jewish Book Council, Tablet Magazine and Downtown Jewish Life.