Israel in Translation

Exploring Israeli literature in English translation. Host Marcela Sulak takes you through Israel’s literary countryside, cityscapes, and psychological terrain, and the lives of the people who create it.

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Darwish’s “In the Presence of Absence”

To acknowledge those who are fasting in isolation and heat, this episode features Mahmoud Darwish’s aptly titled collection, “In the Presence of Absence.”



“Ladies From the Bible Tell Their Tales”

The bible devotes quite a bit of space to the minds of the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob — we know how they feel, what makes them angry or happy. Through her poetry, Karen Alkaly-Gut gives the matriarchs a voice.



Track Changes, Part 2

On this episode, Marcela reads from Sayed Kashua’s fourth, and latest novel, Track Changes. The novel was published in December by Grove Press.


 2020-04-22  8m

Track Changes

On this episode, Marcela reads from Sayed Kashua’s fourth, and latest novel, Track Changes. The novel was published in December by Grove Press. Kashua’s protagonist is a nameless “I” who shares considerable biographical overlaps with the...


 2020-03-25  10m

“One, Two, Three”

Marcela reads from Anat Zecharia’s poem, “One, Two, Three.” The poem’s title and subtitle refer to Uzi Hitman’s children song about three dwarfs who sit chatting behind a mountain.


 2020-03-11  10m

“The Children I Will Never Have”

Marcela highlights poetry from the latest issue of The Ilanot Review which published English translations of up and coming poets and writers, most of whom are featured for the very first time.


 2020-02-26  7m

Nava Semel’s “Isra Ilse”

This week Marcela reads from Nava Semel’s novel, Isra Ilse, an alternative history of the Jewish People in which there was no state of Israel, and no holocaust. The novel is divided into three parts. Part 1, a detective story, opens in...


 2020-02-12  9m

Ayala Ben Lulu's “Mona Lisa”

This week Marcela returns to focus on up and coming Israeli writers who have rarely or never before been translated into English, by featuring Ayala Ben Lulu. This story appears in the latest issue of The Ilanot Review, which was a collaboration with...


 2020-01-29  8m

Ronit Matalon’s “And the Bride Closed the Door”

This podcast is dedicated to marriage—all the engaged couples with cold feet, newly married couples, whose memories of the ceremony are still fresh, long-married couples who survived the wedding day. We’ll be reading from and discussing the last...


 2020-01-15  10m

Sara Aharoni's “The First Mrs. Rothschild”

The novel, “The First Mrs. Rothschild,” by Sara Aharoni, tells the story of the wife of Meir Amschel Rothschild, the founder of the banking dynasty, and is written in the form of a personal journal.


 2020-01-01  9m