With the face to the future: The kibbutz in recent literary works

Nurith Gertz

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The kibbutz, which was considered one of the greatest successes of the socialist dream, failed to survive history, which replaced socialism with both capitalism and globalization. Numerous texts, literary, documentary, and scholarly, have tried to comprehend the social developments that took place in the kibbutz during the period of its demise, especially over the 1980s and the 1990s. This article focuses on two works - Habayta (Home, Assaf Inbari, 2009) and Bein haverim (Between friends, Amos Oz, 2012) - both of which refrain from solely addressing the rift that the kibbutz underwent, but rather attempt to see in the moment of the kibbutz's disintegration a stage in a historical process that will ultimately enable creation of new values on the ruins of the old ones. Both works triggered powerful response from literary critics and from the general public, and contributed to shaping a new perspective on the history of the kibbutz.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-107
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Israeli History
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2015

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  • Amos Oz
  • Assaf Inbari
  • constellation of space
  • ethics
  • kibbutz
  • socialism
  • utopia


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