New horizons in Hebrew literature

The writing of the Sapir Prize finalists reflects the immigrant experiences, the coming of age of Mizrahi and Russian writers and the emergence of a ‘fantastical’ stream

By ROCHELLE FURSTENBERG
July 10, 2013 17:00
Sapir Prize winner Shimon Adaf

Sapir Prize winner Shimon Adaf521. (photo credit: Courtesy)

“I don’t want my fiction to be considered difficult, esoteric,” says Shimon Adaf. “But that’s simply the way I know how to write,” he explains to The Jerusalem Report.

A red-headed poet, novelist and musician, the 42-year-old Adaf has an unassuming manner, a sweet smile, which masks the complexity and depth of his thinking and his fiction. “Writing expresses the autonomy of the self,’’ he points out. “How I can most be myself in writing. When I read authors like William Faulkner or J.D. Salinger, I want to exclaim about each one. ‘This is the only way to write!’ Each one is so loyal to himself that he convinces me that he’s absolutely right. He’s entirely himself.”

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