- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Scribe; New edition edition (2 Jan. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1922070491
- ISBN-13: 978-1922070494
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 21.3 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,323,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Two Novellas (Vogel Collection) Hardcover – 2 Jan 2014
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About the Author
David Vogel (1891 - 1944) was born in Satanov, Podolia (now Russia), to a religious family, and at the age of twenty started travelling to the well-known centres of Jewish culture in Eastern Europe. When World War I broke out he was living in Vienna, where he was arrested as an enemy alien. In 1923, Vogel published his first collection of poems. Vogel came to Tel Aviv in 1929, but left for Berlin after a year, and later settled in Paris. After the outbreak of World War II, he was imprisoned by the French as an Austrian citizen, and later by the Nazis as a Jew. In 1944, he was deported to Auschwitz, where he perished.
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David Vogel was a pivotal figure in Hebrew modernism. These two prose works feature some of the preoccupations of modernist works. In the Sanitarium, in the vein of The Magic Mountain, questions the assumption of health and illness, and the manner in which they are treated. These themes, in turn, reflect upon the health, or lack of health, of European Society at large.
Facing the Sea confronts atavistic sexuality in a way similar, but not identical, the D.H. Lawrence. Both Lawrence and Vogel viewed sex as the major imperative of people’s motivations, but for Lawrence, the redemptive force of eroticism far outweighed its conflicts. For Vogel, sex has a largely degenerative effect on people, despite its great draw.
These translations give English readers the opportunity to see how an early Hebrew writer tackled very current issues in an ancient language speedily moving toward modernity.