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Jerusalem is also the “heroine” of Hareven’s first novel, City of Many Days (Hebrew, 1972; English, 1977). In this beautifully written work she nostalgically imagines a multicultural and cosmopolitan Jerusalem before WWII, brazenly crossing many boundaries—religious, ethnic and sexual. Although she always questioned the category of “women writers,” and labeled herself “a selective feminist,” City of Many Days anticipated by a decade Israel’s belated literary feminism, by sporting one of the most autonomous (androgynous) heroines in Israeli fiction. A scion of a veteran Sephardi family, Sara Amarillo epitomizes freedoms that are too unconventional for her time and place but neatly represent feminist aspirations of the late twentieth century.
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