lizhand (lizhand) wrote in theinferior4,

Why is There No Jewish Narnia?

Thanks to Gordon Van Gelder, who sent me a link to this intriguing essay by Michael Weingrad, on why traditional fantasy continues to follow (or wallow in) the Christian/pagan tradition, and why there are relatively few Jewish fantasy writers (but a lot of Jewish SF writers).

      "Faeries do not dance underneath our swaying palm trees, there are no fire-breathing dragons
      in the cave of Machpelah, and Harry Potter doesn’t live in Kfar Saba. But why? Why
      couldn’t Harry Potter have been written in Israel? Why is local fantasy literature so weak,
      so that it almost seems that a book like that couldn’t be published in the state of the Jews?"

— Hagar Yanai, author of a bestselling series of Israeli fantasy novels that includes The Leviathan of Babylon and The Water Between the Worlds (the books haven't been yet been translated or published outside of Israel). 

Leviathan and Behemoth

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