chapter  4
Writings of Jews from Libya in Italy and Israel
Between past Legacies and Present Issues
ByPiera Rossetto
Pages 15

This chapter deals with a number of writings by Jews of Libyan descent published in Italy and Israel, between the second half of the twentieth and the beginning of the twenty-first century. It explores the past legacies and present issues that influenced the writings of Jews of Libyan origin or descent in the post-migration space and time. Reflecting the duality of destination which has historically characterised the Jewish diaspora from Libya, the chapter identifies and discusses, from an anthropological point of view, two corpuses of writings, which it terms the "Italian literary corpus" and the "Israeli literary corpus". The chapter considers how the Mizrahi question is addressed in the writings of Jews from Libya, first and second generation, living in Israel. The comparison between the writings published in Italy and Israel proves to be an interesting and viable perspective through which to reaffirm the constructed nature of group identity, as well as of heritage.