Israeli Literature: Reading List

A Reader's Guide: Hebrew Literature in Translation

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Hayim Nahman Bialik 

  • C.N. Bialik, C.N. Bialik: Collected Poems.  Ed. David Aberbach ( Overlook Duckworth, 2004)
  • Bialik, Random Harvest: the Novellas of Bialik.  (Westview Press, 1999)
  • Bialik, Songs from Bialik.  (Syracuse University Press, 2000)
 

Yosef Hayim Brenner

  • Yosef Hayim Brenner, Breakdown and Bereavement.  (Toby Press, 2003)
  • Brenner, Out of the Depths.  (Westview Press, 1992)

Devora Baron 

  • Devora Baron, “The First Day” and Other Stories. (University of California Press, 2001)

S.Y. Agnon

the lover

Try reading A.B. Yehoshua.

S.Y. Agnon, The Book That Was Lost and Other Stories.  (Schocken, 1996)

  • Agnon, The Bridal Canopy.  (Syracuse University Press,
  • Agnon, A Guest for the Night.  (University of Wisconsin Press, 2004)
  • Agnon, In the Heart of the Seas.  (University of Wisconsin Press, 2004)
  • Agnon, Only Yesterday.  (Princeton University Press, 2002)
  • Agnon, Shira.  (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1996)
  • Agnon, A Simple Story. (Syracuse University Press, 2000)
  • Agnon, Twenty-One Stories.  (Schocken, 1970)
  • Agnon, Two Tales: Betrothed and Edo and Enam.  (University of Wisconsin Press, 2004)

Haim Hazaz

  • Haim Hazaz, Gates of Bronze.  (Toby Press, 2005)
  • Hazaz, The Sermon and Other Stories.  (Toby Press, 2005)

Aaron Megged

  • Aaron Megged, Foiglman.  (Toby Press, 2003)
  • Megged, The Living on the Dead.  (Toby Press, 2005)
  • Megged, Mandrakes from the Holy Land.  (Toby Press, 2005)

Yehuda Amichai

  • Yehuda Amichai, The Early Books of Yehuda Amichai.  (Sheep Meadow Press, 1988)
  • Amichai, Open Closed Open: Poems.  (Harcourt, 2000)
  • Amichai, Poems of Jerusalem and Love Poems. (Sheep Meadow Press, 1992)
  • Amichai, The Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai. (University of California Press, 1996)
  • Amichai, Travels.  (Sheep Meadow Press, 1986
  • Amichai, The World is a Room and Other Stories.  (Jewish Publication Society of America, 1984)
  • Amichai, Yehuda Amichai: A Life in Poetry.  (Harper Perennial, 1995)

Amos Oz

  • Amos Oz, Don’t Call it Night. (Harcourt, 1997)
  • Oz, Elsewhere Perhaps. (Harvest Books, 1985)
  • Oz, Fima. (Harvest Books, 1994)
  • Oz, Hill of Evil Counsel. (Harcourt, 1991)
  • Oz, My Michael. (Harcourt, 2005)
  • Oz, The Panther in the Basement. (Harvest Books, 1998)
  • Oz, A Perfect Peace. (Harvest Books, 1993)
  • Oz, The Same Sea. (Harcourt, 2002)
  • Oz, A Tale of Love and Darkness.  (Harcourt, 2005)
  • Oz, To Know a Woman.  (Harcourt, 1992)

A.B. Yehoshua

  • A.B. Yehoshua, The Continuing Silence of a Poet.  (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1998)
  • Yehoshua, Five Seasons. (Harvest Books, 2004)
  • Yehoshua, A Journey to the End of the Millenium.  (Harvest Books, 2000)
  • Yehoshua, A Late Divorce.  (Harvest Books, 1993)
  • Yehoshua, The Liberated Bride.  (Harvest Books, 2004)
  • Yehoshua, The Lover.  (Harvest Books, 1993)
  • Yehoshua, Mr. Mani.  (Harvest Books, 1993)
  • Yehoshua, Open Heart.  (Harvest Books, 1997)
  • Yehoshua, A Woman in Jerusalem.  (Harcourt, 2006)

Aharon Appelfeld

  • Aharon Appelfeld, Age of Wonders.  (David R. Godine, 2002)
  • Appelfeld, Badenheim 1939.  (Syracuse, Syracuse University Press, 2001)
  • Appelfeld, Conversion.  (Knopf, 1999)
  • Appelfeld, For Every Sin.  (Grove/Atlantic, 1996)
  • Appelfeld, Healer.  (Grove/Atlantic, 1994)
  • Appelfeld, Immortal Bartfuss. (Grove/Atlantic, 1994)
  • Appelfeld, Iron Tracks.  (Schocken, 1999)
  • Appelfeld, Katerina.  (Knopf, 2006)
  • Appelfeld, The Story of a Life.  (Knopf, 2004)
  • Appelfeld, To the Land of the Cattails.  (Grove/Atlantic, 1994)
  • Appelfeld, Tzili.  (Grove/Atlantic, 1996)

Yoram Kaniuk

  • Yoram Kaniuk, Adam Resurrected.  (Grove/Atlantic, 2000)
  • Kaniuk, The Last Jew.  (Grove/Atlantic, 2006)

Sami Michael

  • Sami Michael, Refuge. (Simon & Schuster, 1989)
  • Michael, A Trumpet in the Wadi.  (Simon & Schuster, 2003)

Yoel Hoffman

  • Yoel Hoffman, Bernhard.  (New Directions Publishing Corp., 2006)
  • Hoffman, The Christ of Fish.  (New Directions Publishing Corp, 2006)
  • Hoffman, The Heart Is Katmandu.  (New Directions Publishing Corp., 2001)
  • Hoffman, Katschen and the Book of Joseph.  (New Directions Publishing Corp., 1998)
  • Hoffman, The Shunra and the Schmetterling.  (New Directions Publishing Corp, 2004)

Haim Be’er

  • Haim Be’er, Feathers (Brandeis University Press, 2006)
  • Be’er, The Pure Element of Time (Brandeis University Press, 2002).

Batya Gur

  • Batya Gur, Bethlehem Road Murder (HarperCollins, 2006)
  • Gur, Literary Murder (HarperCollins, 1994)
  • Gur, Murder Duet (HarperCollins, 2000)
  • Gur, Murder in Jerusalem (HarperCollins, 2006)
  • Gur, Murder on a Kibbutz (HarperCollins, 1995)
  • Gur, The Saturday Morning Murder (HarperCollins, 1993)

Anton Shammas

  • Anton Shammas, Arabesques.  (University of California Press, 2001)

David Grossman

  • David Grossman, Be My Knife.  (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003)
  • Grossman, Book of Intimate Grammar.  (Picador, 2002)
  • Grossman, Her Body Knows.  (Farrar, Straus and Giraux, 2006)
  • Grossman, See Under: Love.  (Picador, 2002)
  • Grossman, Smile of the Lamb. (Picador, 2003)
  • Grossman, Someone to Run With.  (Picador, 2005)
  • Grossman, Zigzag Kid.  (Picador, 2003)

Zeruya Shalev

  • Zeruya Shalev, Husband and Wife.  (Grove Press, 2003)
  • Shalev, Love Life: A Novel. (Grove Press, 2001)

Orly Castel-Bloom

  • Orly Castel-Bloom, Dolly City.  (Loki Books, 1997)
  • Castel-Bloom, Human Parts.  (David R. Godine Publisher, 2004)

Etgar Keret

  • Etar Keret, Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God and Other Stories. (St. Martin’s Press, 2004)
  • Keret, Jetlag: Five Graphic Novels.  (Toby Press, 2006)
  • Keret, Missing Kissinger.  (Chatto & Windus, 2007)
  • Keret, The Nimrod Flipout: Stories.  (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2006)
  • Keret and Asaf Hanuka, Pizzeria Kamikaze.  (Alternative Comics, 2006)

Dorit Rabinyan

  • Dorit Rabinyan, Persian Brides.  (Canongate Books, 2004)
  • Rabinyan, Strand of a Thousand Pearls.  (Random House, 2003).

Sayed Kashua 

  • Sayed Kashua, Dancing Arabs.  (Grove Press, 2004)
  • Kashua, Let it Be Morning. (Grove Press, 2006)

Anthologies of Hebrew Literature

  • Glenda Abramson (ed), The Oxford Book of Hebrew Short Stories. (Oxford University Press, 1997)
  • Ammiel Alcalay (ed), Keys to the Garden: New Israeli Writing. (City Lights Publishers, 1996)
  • Robert Alter (ed), Modern Hebrew Literature. (Behrman House Publishing, 1975)
  • Joel Blocker (ed), Israeli Stories: A Selection of the Best Contemporary Hebrew Writing.  (Schocken, 1965)
  • Risa Domb (ed), New Women’s Writing From Israel. (Vallentine Mitchell Publishers, 1996)
  • Robert Friend (ed), Found in Translation: Modern Hebrew Poets.  (Toby Press, 2006)
  • Miriyam Glazer (ed), Dreaming the Actual: Contemporary Fiction and Poetry but Israeli Women Writers. (SUNY Press, 2000)
  • Shirley Kaufman, Galit Hasan-Rokem, Tamar Hess (eds), The Defiant Muse: Hebrew Feminist Poems from Antiquity to the Present. (The Feminist Press at CUNY, 1999)
  • Alan Lelchuk and Gershon Shaked (eds), 8 Great Hebrew Short Novels. (Toby Press, 2005)
  • Esther Raizen (trans), No Rattling of Sabres: An Anthology of Israeli War Poetry. (University of Texas, 1996)
  • Gershon Shaked (ed), Six Israeli Novellas.  (David R. Godine Publisher, 2002)

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Naomi Brenner is completing a PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on the many connections and interactions between modern Hebrew and Yiddish literature.