Days of Ziklag


Days of Ziklag (Hebrew: ימי צקלג, Yemei Tziklag) is a novel by S. Yizhar, first published in 1958. It is widely considered to be one of the most prominent works in Israeli literature. The novel describes 48 days during the 1947–1949 Palestine war in which it follows a squad of IDF soldiers trying to hold a godforsaken post in the Negev desert. The story's stream of consciousness focuses on the inner worlds of the soldiers, both during and between battles. The story is based on the real-life battle for Horbat Ma'achaz fought by the Yiftach Brigade in October 1948, although the battle is never mentioned by name. Yizhar received the Israel Prize in 1959 for his novel.
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original title: ימי צקלג
date of publication: 1958
genre: Modernist literature, historical novel, war novel

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