Thursday, August 7, 2008

Bialik news watch

Our author Bialik gets mention in today’s New York Times in an otherwise overwrought article about the fear of that Modern Hebrew is moving away from its Biblical roots:

Authors and poets like the Nobel laureate S. Y. Agnon, Chaim Nahman Bialik and Uri Tzvi Greenberg, Hebrew revivalists from Eastern Europe, also drew on the ancient sources to create texts rich in biblical allusions yet conceptually avant-garde. “They managed to tie the ancient language with the modern world in all its depth,” said Mr. Hirschfeld, who compares them in importance to James Joyce.

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