ABSTRACT

The procedure of the author, in his narrative as in his poetry, whether adopting the position of first- or third-person narrator, is to pose a search for a narrative past to link with the present by a string of associations. We will see how this works in the three principal sources of Amichai's fiction: Baruah hanoraah hazot (In this terrible wind, 1961), a collection of stories deriving from the 1950s, Lo meakhshav lo mikan (Not of This Time, Not of This Place, 1963), a novel, and a further novel, Mi yitneni malon (O that I had a resting place, 1971).