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Aharon Appelfeld, Israeli parliament, Israeli independence, David Grossman, Yehoshua

The most remarkable achievement of Israelís artistic tradition has been the revival and modernization of the Hebrew language after centuries of disuse. Although biblical Hebrew had only about 8,000 words, modern Hebrew uses about 120,000 words. The Academy of the Hebrew Language, founded by the Israeli parliament in 1953, guides the continuing development of the Hebrew language. Hebrew authors have published numerous books of poetry and prose since Israeli independence. Common themes include the promise and problems of the new state, Jewish identity, and loneliness and isolation of the individual. Several Israeli writers have won international recognition, notably Amos Oz, Shmuel Yosef Agnon, A. B. Yehoshua, Aharon Appelfeld, David Shahar, David Grossman, and Meir Shalev. Founded in 1962, the Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature has rendered hundreds of Hebrew works of fiction, drama, poetry, and books for children into 40 different languages.

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Aharon Appelfeld, Israeli parliament, Israeli independence, David Grossman, Yehoshua, modern Hebrew, biblical Hebrew, Hebrew language, Jewish identity, Amos, prose, loneliness, revival, fiction, modernization, isolation, new state, drama, words, promise, problems, children


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