The Reflection of İsrael‟s founding years 1940- 1949 in Amos Oz‟s A Tale of love and darkness and Anton Shammas‟ Arabesques

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Approval Date: 2015

Thesis Language: English

Student: Satı Doymaz



The aim of this thesis is to analyze how the foundation years of the State of Israel between the years 1940 and 1949 are reflected in Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness and Anton Shammas’s Arabesque. Both of them are autobiographical novels and two important examples of the Modern Israeli novel. There are three distinctive phenomena from these years. These are the identity conflict or crisis, the trauma of the founding years’ generation in Israel and nationalism. These two prominent novels of Modern Israeli literature have been analyzed on the basis of these stated three phenomena. The results of this study show that historical incidences have great impact on novels, their authors, and on literature as a whole. At the same time, with this study the Arab- Israeli conflict has been analyzed from a different perspective, and it presents an understanding of how the Arab- Israeli conflict has been depicted in literature. In this way, it has opened a new field for prospective studies.