The Greatest Israeli, Palestinian "Contemporary" Books of All Time

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Contemporary books are a genre that focuses on stories set in the present day, often exploring current social, cultural, and political issues. These books are typically written in a modern style and often feature relatable characters dealing with real-life situations. Contemporary books can cover a wide range of topics, from romance and family drama to coming-of-age stories and thrillers. The genre is constantly evolving to reflect the changing world we live in, making it a popular choice for readers who want to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and issues.

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  1. 1. Past Continuous by Yaakov Shabtai

    The novel is a rich and intricate tapestry of life in Israel during the 1970s, following the intertwined lives of three men—Cecil, Goldman, and Israel—who are grappling with existential crises after the death of their friend, Yehuda. The narrative delves deeply into their personal histories, relationships, and the complex web of their social milieu, painting a vivid portrait of urban Israeli society. Through a stream-of-consciousness style, the book explores themes of love, loss, and the search for meaning in a world marked by political turmoil and cultural change, offering a poignant reflection on the human condition.

    The 7901st Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. A Perfect Peace by Amos Oz

    Set against the backdrop of a kibbutz in Israel during the 1960s, the novel delves into the life of a young man struggling with the expectations of his family and community. As he grapples with his own desires and the looming specter of war, the protagonist embarks on a journey of self-discovery that leads him away from the communal life of the kibbutz. The narrative explores themes of individuality, freedom, and the complexities of human relationships, all while painting a vivid portrait of Israeli society during a time of tension and change.

    The 8235th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. See Under by David Grossman

    The book is a profound exploration of the complexities of human relationships and the journey of self-discovery. Through the eyes of a young boy, the narrative delves into the intricacies of family dynamics, the pain of loss, and the quest for identity. As the protagonist embarks on a search for his missing father, he encounters a series of enigmatic clues that lead him to confront the harsh realities of adulthood and the secrets that adults keep hidden. The story is a poignant reflection on the transition from childhood innocence to the understanding of the adult world, and the ways in which our loved ones shape our perception of ourselves and our place in the world.

    The 8455th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. The Immortal Bartfuss by Aharon Appelfeld

    The book is a poignant exploration of the life of a Holocaust survivor grappling with the weight of his past and the struggle to find meaning in the aftermath of unimaginable trauma. The protagonist, a man who has outlived the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp, finds himself in a small Israeli town, where he is haunted by memories and the loss of his family. His survival comes with the burden of guilt and the challenge of reconnecting with a world that has been irrevocably changed. Through his journey, the narrative delves into themes of memory, identity, and the complex process of healing from psychological scars, offering a stark examination of the enduring impact of the Holocaust on individual lives.

    The 8568th Greatest Book of All Time

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