Love and Politics in Orly Castel-Bloom's Textile

Shai Rudin


This article examines the effect of living in a constant state of war on Israeli citizens, as depicted in Orly Castel-Bloom’s novel, Textile. The “human textile” that Castel-Bloom weaves is a tapestry of separation, non-communication and the lack of deep mutual relationships in which the individual gives up his or her ego for the "other." In this reality, where "words are merely spoken into space," it is no surprise that not only does coupledom fail but so do any other social interactions, whether they exist between one Israeli to another, or between Jews and Arabs.

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