Life in Israel, unfortunately, always entails the need to sacrifice one’s own life or that of beloved ones. Israeli literature on this aspect of reality, as well as identity, is rich and varied. From the early pre-state years to the latest literary reaction to the never ending terrorist attacks, poets have expressed grief as well as critic at the loss of young life. Earth itself, history, nature, politicians and God are all called upon to bear witness.
Works by, Shaul Tchernichovski, Haim Guri, Avraham Halfi, Arye Sivan, Asher Reich, Nathan Alterman and Eliaz Cohen will be combined to create a developing message, stretching over, almost a whole century.