International Jewish Literature
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“This remarkable novel, recently translated from the Hungarian, is as close as we are likely to get to a real feel for how it was to live in the first century CE…. Spiró’s artistic agility shines in his recreation of the world through which Uri moves…. Spiró has absorbed an awesome amount of information to create his ancient tableaux. He demonstrates a mastery of everything from the silk trade to the workings of ancient economies…. The strength of the book is in its unheroic, unillusioned depiction of ancient life…. if you are curious about the ancient world, if you wish to get a “finger-feel” for what it was like to live there, and to think about the forces that shaped the rise of Christianity, Captivity is well worth your time. Here is a faithful, fantastically informed, and extravagantly detailed picture of one of the most turbulent and consequential moments in human history.”
“In the highly regarded Israeli writer’s final work—he died in 2013—Kaniuk has crafted a dreamlike, autobiographical novel describing the four months he spent comatose in a Tel Aviv hospital, somewhere between the worlds of the living and the dead. A mix of memory, illusion and imagination, the writing shifts from recollection of a childhood spent among Holocaust survivors to a retelling of the 1948 War of Independence to a reflection on what it means to die. Originally published in Israel in 2007, Between Life and Death now has a chance to entrance American readers thanks to Harshav’s faithful and lyrical English translation.”
by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Translated from the Spanish by Alfred MacAdam
“No one alive today, anywhere, has been able to demonstrate the sheer possibilities of artistic invention—and in so many disciplines—as powerfully as Alejandro Jodorowsky.… His new semi-autobiographical novel Where the Bird Sings Best is his magnum opus, a fantastical something that in many ways mirrors the author himself: It is brilliant, mad, unpredictable.”
—NPR, Best Books of 2015
"One of the most inspiring artists of our time.... A prophet of creativity."
Hardcover List Price: $27.99 • ISBN: 9781632060280 • Paperback List Price: $19.99 • ISBN: 9781632060952 • Pub: 3/31/15 • 6” x 9” • 400 pages • Fiction: Hispanic & Latino / Autobiography—artists and directors / Spiritual / Jewish / Family Sagas • Territory: World English • eBook ISBN: 9781632060075
by György Spiró
Translated from the Hungarian by Tim Wilkinson
Winner of the Aegon Literary Award
“Captivity is a complex and fast-paced tale of Jewish life in the early first century, a sort of sword-and-sandals saga as reimagined by Henry Roth. The narrative follows Uri from Rome to Jerusalem and back, from prospectless dreamer to political operative to pogrom survivor—who along the way also happens to dine with Herod Antipas and Pontius Pilate and get thrown into a cell with a certain Galilean rabble-rouser. Hungarian György Spiró’s deft combination of philosophical inquiry and page-turning brio should overcome that oft-mentioned American timidity toward books in translation.”
—The Wall Street Journal, Best Books of 2015
Hardcover List Price: $29.99 • ISBN: 9781632060495 • Paperback List Price: $19.99 • ISBN: 9781632061416 • Pub: 11/3/15 • 6” x 9” • 832 pages • Fiction: Jewish / Historical—Ancient Rome / Coming-of-age / Epic • Territory: World English • eBook ISBN: 9781632060211
by Yoram Kaniuk
Translated from the Hebrew by Barbara Harshav
The final literary testament of “one of Israel’s greatest and least celebrated writers” (Nicole Krauss), Between Life and Death is a startlingly brave, funny, poetic, and moving autobiographical novel about the four months Yoram Kaniuk spent in a coma near the end of his life.
Hardcover List Price: $22.99 • ISBN: 9781632060921 • Publication: 9/13/16 • 5” x 7.125” • 208 pages • $22.99 • Fiction: Medical / End-of-Life / Israeli / Jewish / Autofiction • Territory: World • eBook ISBN: 9781632060938
by Jalal Al-e Ahmad
Translated from the Persian and with an essay by Samuel Thrope
Correspondence with Simin Daneshvar
Introduction by Bernard Avishai
The Israeli Republic “suggests how the Iranian and Israeli leaders who feel such intense mutual hostility today actually mirror one another in certain ways, particularly in their foundational attitudes toward religious authority, political and economic populism and the West. That a writer such as Al-e Ahmad, guru to the ayatollahs, liked Israel now seems touching. What he liked about Israel seems cautionary."
—Bernard Avishai, Foreign Affairs
"My intellectual hero."
—Reza Aslan, author of Zealot and No god but God
Paperback List Price: $14.99 • ISBN: 9781632061393 • Pub: 1/31/16 • 5” x 7.125” • 144 pages • Israel & Palestine History/Middle East Political Science • Territory: World • eBook ISBN: 9780989983259
by Tal Nitzán
Translated from the Hebrew by Tal Nitzán with Vivian Eden, Irit Sela, Aliza Raz, and Rachel Tzvia Back
"Facing one another
we turn our backs to the world’s calamities.
Behind our closed eyes and curtains
both heat and war
erupted at once."
eBook List Price: $9.99 • ISBN: 9781632060037 • Publication: 6/17/14 • Poetry / Hebrew Literature
by Shulamith Hareven
Translated from the Hebrew by Hillel Halkin
“First-rate fiction, beautifully translated, by one of the world's great contemporary women writers.”
"The success of Thirst rests entirely on the author's evocative and lush prose.”
—The New York Times
eBook Original List Price: $9.99