Beverly Bailis

Art for Art’s Sake, and More: Engaging the Collective, As Well As the Individual

Bliss By Ronit Matalon Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Co., 260 pages, $23. * * *|One of the challenges facing fiction writers in countries rife with political violence and conflict, such as Israel, is how to mediate tensions between the needs of the collective and those of the individual. While this tension between