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Celebrated Israeli author Yoram Kaniuk dies

Sunday - 6/9/2013, 2:30pm  ET

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Yoram Kaniuk, a celebrated Israeli author and harsh critic of his homeland, has died, his relatives said. He was 83.

His daughter Naomi Kaniuk said Sunday he died Saturday night after a long illness. He leaves behind his wife, two daughters and a grandson.

Kaniuk was a prize-winning author who published numerous books, many of which were translated into other languages. He wrote about Holocaust survivors, the 1948-49 war that followed Israel's creation in which he fought, and the Tel Aviv of his childhood.

Kaniuk fiercely rejected religion and opposed legislative measures he considered anti-democratic.

He donated his body to science and will not hold a funeral. Funerals in Israel are managed by the ultra-Orthodox Jewish establishment.

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