And This Is the Light is the first English edition of Israeli author Lea Goldberg's masterpiece, Vehu Ha’Or. Goldberg is one of Israel's most beloved writers, whose poems, plays and children's books are part of the canon of Israeli literature. Vehu Ha'Or--one of the first novels published in Hebrew by a woman (1946)--has never before appeared in English. Its publication honors the 100th anniversary of Goldberg's birth.
And This Is the Light is set in the summer of 1931, when twenty-year-old Nora Krieger returns to her small-town home in Lithuania from university in Berlin ready to present her new, mature self. Instead, her time at home becomes a period of unrequited love, difficult memories and introspection, when she must accept the limits imposed on her by a class-conscious, increasingly anti-Semitic society. And This Is the Light is a lyrical coming-of-age story by one of Israel's most important writers, beautifully translated to retain the clarity and elegance of the original
About the Author
Lea Goldberg was born in Königsberg, East Prussia in 1911. She received a PhD in Semitic Languages from Bonn University before immigrating to Palestine in 1935. Best known as a poet, Goldberg was the author of children's books, plays and essays. She was also a theater critic, editor, translator and founder of Hebrew University's Department of Comparative Literature, where she served as chairperson for nearly twenty years. Goldberg was awarded many prizes, including the Israel Prize for Literature, posthumously, in 1970. The State of Israel will issue a banknote with Goldberg's image in 2012.