International Jewish Literature

We're committed to highlighting Jewish literature from around the world. We believe high-quality Jewish writing is at the forefront of many national literary traditions, wherein trenchant topics including the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, and assimilation are presented in eye-opening ways. In an age of increasing bigotry, we aim to find important Jewish novels, stories, and nonfiction from around the globe and make it accessible to a broad readership.



“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.”

— Los Angeles Review of Books

“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.”

— Jewish Telegraphic Agency