From the Ashes of Tragedy, a Literary Life

Prof. Hamutal Bar Yosef's biography is interwoven with that of the country: immigration, deprivation, bereavement and survival. Despite getting a late start, she has become a leading figure in the field of Hebrew literature.

The meeting with Prof. Hamutal Bar Yosef took place several days before Rosh Hashanah. In the Jerusalem air, gradually recovering from the summer, one could sense the pre-holiday activity and the atmosphere of the approaching Yom Kippur fast: a time of summing up and soul searching. Bar Yosef's modest home, almost like a student's apartment, which she shares with her partner of seven years, Aryeh Gazoli, is...