Israeli Literature: Reading List

A Reader's Guide: Hebrew Literature in Translation

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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.