Days of Ziklag

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Days of Ziklag
Days of Ziklag.jpg
Hebrew Cover Design
Author S. Yizhar
Original title 'ימי צקלג'
Country Israel
Language Hebrew
Genre Modernist, Historical novel, War novel
Publisher Zmore-Bitan
Publication date
Published in English
Pages 1156 pp

Days of Ziklag (Hebrew: ימי צקלג, Yemei Tziklag) is a novel by S. Yizhar, first published in 1958. It is widely considered[by whom?] to be one of the most prominent works in Israeli literature.

The novel describes 48 days during the Israeli War of Independence in which it follows a squad of IDF soldiers trying to hold a godforsaken post in the Negev desert. The story's stream of consciousness focuses on the inner worlds of the soldiers, both during and between battles. The story is based on the real-life battle for Horbat Ma'achaz fought by the Yiftach Brigade in October 1948, although the battle is never mentioned by name.

Yizhar received the Israel Prize in 1959 for his novel.[1]


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