Chana Bloch & Chana Kronfeld, trans. -->

In the short history of Israeli letters, two women have loomed large: Yona Wallach and Dahlia Ravikovitch. Wallach said of Ravikovitch, “[She] doesn’t deal enough with sex. She’s not revolutionary enough. She doesn’t pay attention to how differently she writes from me. She isn’t a feminist.” What Wallach counts as vices let us call virtues. Ravikovitch had the final say with a tongue-in-cheek elegy for her rival Wallach: “Yona, shalom,/ this time I’m the one who’s talking/ and you won’t interrupt anymore./ Now, God help us, you’re in the ranks of the holy and pure./ … . you are one dead girl.”

This acid irony, coexisting with an...

 

A Message from the Editors

Since 1982, The New Criterion has nurtured and safeguarded our delicate cultural inheritance. Join our family of supporters and secure the future of civilization.

Popular Right Now