12,73 EUR

Collected Poems

Collected Poems
Edited and with an afterword by Hannan Hever
Translated by Peter Cole

Ibis Editions West-Jerusalem 2003
121 pages - ISBN 978-3-86575-410-3

Though his entire oeuvre consists of only eleven published poems, Avraham Ben Yitzhak is a legend in the history of Hebrew poetry and one of its most admired figures. Born Abraham Sonne in Galicia (Poland) in 1883, he received a traditional Jewish education, then went on to study in Berlin and Vienna, making the latter his home for the better part of the first three decades of the new century. With the Nazi invasion of Austria in 1938, he fled and took up residence in Palestine.

His friends in Vienna included Hermann Broch and Elias Canetti, who regarded him as an object of wonder. Canetti wrote about Sonne at length in his memoirs, calling him a Musil-like
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