israel in translation

A. B. Yehoshua’s green seas and yellow continents

“It was preferable to restrict encounters with adherents of another faith and to be content, at least for the greater part of the way, to travel by sea.”

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Nurit Zarchi’s Baby Blues

“Babies drop into the world, / like rain falling in the dark / from a gigantic hand into shafts, / into a spider’s tent, a cold apple.”

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Etgar Keret’s “The Seven Good Years”: Part I

“The Seven Good Years” is Etgar Keret’s memoir about the seven years between the birth of his son and the death of his father.

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Zeruya Shalev’s teddy bear wars

“His small, perpetually dirty hands with their closely-clipped nails fumble… but then he grabs one of the stuffed animals and hurls it at me.”

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Scorched by the Sun

“I sit at the entrance of the labyrinth / in which my country has vanished. / I don’t know why my country is lost / or what I should do to reclaim it.”

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Tal Nitzán’s interior design, exterior chaos

“… I went up to the roof / one day in May / a day that spread upon the sky a sheet / the shade of mustard of an orange of an H-bomb…”

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A circle of friends – Israel in Translation

“Adva stands there looking at herself in the mirror… Today she has a special hairdo in honor of the performance, and she examines it from all angles.”

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Desert flowers with deep roots – Israel in Translation

An introduction to the work of Tel Aviv-born Michal Govrin, who has described her poems as the flowers of a desert plant with very deep roots.

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