By Berris, Anthony; Brenner, Joseph Ḥayyim; Shapira, Anita
In a nutshell, Brenner's existence tale encompasses the new release that made "the nice jump" from Imperial Russia's faded of cost to the metropolitan facilities of modernity, and from conventional Jewish ideals and lifestyle to secularism and existentialism. In his writing he experimented with language and shape, yet continuously trying to painting existence realistically. A hugely acerbic critic of Jewish society, Brenner was once relentless in portraying the vices of either Jewish public existence and person Jews. so much of his contemporaries not just authorized his critique, yet trendy him for his forthrightness and took it as facts of his honesty and veracity.
Renowned writer and historian Anita Shapira's new biography illuminates Brenner's lifestyles and occasions, and his relationships with best cultural leaders akin to Nobel laureate S.Y. Agnon, Hayim Nahman Bialik, Israel's nationwide Poet, etc. Undermining the permitted myths approximately his existence and his loss of life, his melancholy, his kinfolk with writers, ladies, and men—including the query of his homoeroticism—this new biography examines Brenner's lifestyles in all its complexity and contradiction.
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19 Between the spring and fall of 1903, two incidents took place that became key events in Brenner’s second novel, Around the Point. The first was the Kishinev pogrom, which occurred during the week of Passover; the second, the suicide by poison of Shalom Sander Baum in Kremenchug in the spring. The pogrom is mentioned in passing in Brenner’s letter to Anochi, the main thrust of which was Brenner’s concern for his two friends who had been expelled from Kiev for illegal residence. “And in the world there is news: Kishinev!
He wrote to Anochi that “my agonies this last summer, both physical and spiritual, are more burdensome than those we knew there . . ” referring to their time in Homel. He is probably alluding to his having begun, when he was in Homel, to suffer from depression, which continued and worsened during his military service. Many details in his letters and writings from this period hint at this: the feeling of hopelessness and low self-esteem, despite recognition of his potential as a writer, his revulsion toward his own body, his view of himself as ugly and repulsive, as a man from whom girls shy away.
His first months as a recruit who had not yet sworn the oath of loyalty to the tsar were extremely hard. ” The loneliness and being cut off from his friends embittered him. Even though Sunday was a day of rest, he was forbidden to leave the barracks, which left him time for harsh thoughts about his misery. ” He also continued taking an interest in what was happening in the Hebrew and Russian literary world and asked his friend to revive his spirits with detailed news. Brenner’s situation improved after a while.