Winner of the Sapir Prize, Israel
When war breaks out in 1973, childhood friends Haim and Dov are called up together to serve in their tank battalion, but in the chaos of battle the friends are separated. A month later, Haim returns alone, on his first leave home. As he struggles to come to terms with his experiences, weary and saddened but sustained by his religious faith, there is one question that remains uppermost in Haim's mind: What happened to Dov during those fateful days after the outbreak of war?
Reminiscent of S.Y. Agnon, Sabato's compelling, poignant account tells the story of a young man who has to adjust not only the sights of his tank, but his understanding of the world he lives in.
Translated by Hillel Halkin.
About the Author
HAIM SABATO descends from a long line of rabbis from Aleppo, Syria. His family had lived in Egypt for two generations, before moving to Israel when he was six. He served in the tank corps in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and is today the head of a Yeshiva near Jerusalem.
The Critics Praise:
“Sabato’s writing wells up from deep sources that will carry you away and continually surprise. His prose, which has not only religious energy, but penetrating observation and he explores hidden and conflicting impulses. His writing captivates and inspires a deep trust. Adjusting Sights is a unique book that will surprise you, even as it leaves you changed forever.”
“Sabato has avoided the pitfalls of war stories and written with a
music that slowly filters through to the soul of the reader.”
“Sophisticated and radiant.”
THE JERUSALEM REPORT
The book “re-examines the pillars of religious belief in the crucible
of an extreme situation—war.”
THE JERUSALEM POST