The language as nation

By RHONA BURNS
May 25, 2017 11:23

A new book presents the life of Hayim Nahman Bialik and shows the inner rift the renowned poet experienced between his inclinations as an artist and his national aspirations.




Hayim Nahman Bialik

Hayim Nahman Bialik. (photo credit: ZOLTAN KLUGER,GPO)

By nature of its circumstances, the life of Hayim Nahman Bialik (1873-1934), who is still regarded as Israel’s “national poet,” was intimately interwoven with Zionist and Jewish national history.

Therefore, it is natural that in his new book about the poet’s life and experiences, Prof. Avner Holtzman (an expert on Modern Hebrew literature at Tel Aviv University) chooses to open with the city of Vienna, a place that was one of the most important and fascinating stations in the development of modern Jewish nationalism.

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