A Vietnamese poet in Tel Aviv

Sabine Huynh was born in Saigon, grew up in France and made Israel her home; Her Hebrew-titled French poetry is making waves.

November 13, 2016 15:05

Fruits are displayed for sale at a market in Hanoi, Vietnam. (photo credit: REUTERS)

TEL AVIV once had a bustling literary café scene ‒ poets and writers such as Shaul Tchernichovsky, Rachel (Bluwstein), Hayim Nahman Bialik and A.D. Gordon frequently drew crowds who came to listen to their dreams of a better world. These men and women of letters played an important role in creating the vision of the modern state of Israel, and it’s not surprising that their names are honored with street names in every major Israeli city.

In our current TV and Internet age, however, public literary events are few and far between and it’s been a long time since a street was named after a poet. But on a Saturday night in late September at a book-lined café in south Tel Aviv, the clock seemed to have been turned back to an earlier era as a large crowd assembled at the Little Prince café to hear some dozen contemporary Israeli poets recite their works.


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