Books: A pioneering Hebrew writer

Yosef Haim Brenner wrote in the Jewish language even before there was a demand for it

By ALEXANDER ZVIELLI
February 26, 2015 12:42
Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, David Ben-Gurion, Yosef Haim Brenner; standing: A. Reuveni, Ya’akov Zerubavel

Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, David Ben-Gurion, Yosef Haim Brenner; standing: A. Reuveni, Ya’akov Zerubavel (1912).. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

 
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Would Yosef Haim Brenner, a visionary Hebrew writer, editor, publicist and translator, approve of this recent extensive incursion into his private life? Maybe he would, because his biographer is frank and in Yosef Haim Brenner – A Life, writes in her subject’s own direct style and manner.

Anita Shapira, professor emeritus at Tel Aviv University and founder of the Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies, traces Brenner’s life story accurately, without any of the postmortem embellishments that followed his tragic death at the hands of never-found Arab murderers.

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