israel in translation

Meir Shalev’s “The Blue Mountain”

Set in a rural village prior to the creation of the state of Israel, The Blue Mountain describes a community of eastern European immigrants as they pioneer life in a new land. Narrated by Baruch, a grandson of one of the founding fathers of the village, the novel offers not only a fascinating account of the hardships experienced by the Jewish pioneers, but is also extremely funny and imaginative.

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The Poetry of Avot Yeshurun

On this episode, Marcela features the poems of a fascinating writer whose pen name was Avot Yeshurun. He published his first book of poems in 1942, and his last book appeared in 1992, on the day before he died

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Ayelet Tsabari’s “Savta”

Marcela shares the second installment of a three-part podcast on Ayalet Tsabari’s important and beautiful memoir, “The Art of Leaving”

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A. B. Yehoshua’s “The Lover”

On this episode, Marcela highlights “The Lover,” the first novel by A. B. Yehoshua, which he wrote in 1977. It is narrated from the point of view of each of its six main characters

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Meir Shalev’s “Four Meals”

Four Meals is the story of Zayde, his enigmatic mother Judith, and her three lovers. When Judith arrives in a small, rural village in Palestine in the early 1930s, three men compete for her.

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Batya Gur’s “Murder on a Kibbutz”

Marcela revisits Batya Gur, who introduced the murder mystery into Hebrew literature. Gur’s highbrow mysteries are often set in closed communities that mirror issues in the greater Israeli society

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Ari Shavit’s “My Promised Land”

This book catapulted Ari Shavit into the international spotlight. It was a New York Times best seller and listed by the Times in its “100 Notable Books of 2013.” The Economist named it as one of the best books of 2013 and it received the Gerrard and Ella Berman Memorial Award in History from the Jewish Book Council. It also won the Natan Book Award.

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Yaniv Iczkovits’s “The Slaughterman’s Daughter”

On this episode, Marcela reads an excerpt from Yaniv Iczkovits’s novel “The Slaughterman’s Daughter: The Avenging of Mende Speismann by the Hand of her Sister Fanny.”

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Ayelet Tsabari’s “Yemenite Recipes”

Today, Marcela shares the second installment of a three-part podcast on Ayalet Tsabari’s “The Art of Leaving.”

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Vaan Nguyen’s Poetry Collection: “The Truffle Eye”

“Nguyen’s poetry may circulate in the Anglophone literary market as part of an increasingly visible Vietnamese literary diaspora… And yet, introducing Nguyen’s poetry to the Anglophone reader needs to account for the particularities of the Vietnamese experience in Israel without letting it entirely overshadow her work.”

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