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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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...



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.



The Woman from Nazareth: Dan Banaya-Seri's “Birds of the Shade”

Host Marcela Sulak reads from a folkloric-infused story by the Jerusalem-born writer Dan Banaya-Seri, in which a simple Jewish man uses his minimal understanding of Christmas to try to make sense of his marital obligations.


 2019-12-25  9m

Grosman's “The Shop on Main Street”

Today we read from the story “The Shop on Main Street,” written by Ladislav Grosman, a Slovak novelist and screenwriter. It is both comical and tragic, and it asks the question—are we not our brother’s keeper? Who is our brother, anyway?


 2019-12-18  7m

“The Book of Disappearances”

Set in contemporary Tel Aviv forty eight hours after Israelis discover all their Palestinian neighbors have vanished, the novel The Book of Disappearances unfolds through alternating narrators, Alaa, a young Palestinian man who converses with his dead...


 2019-12-11  10m

Nora the Mind Reader

What if, when you were in Kindergarten, your mother had given you a magic wand that allowed you to read people’s minds? Well, that’s just what happens in Orit Gidali’s book, Nora the Mind Reader, which will bring to a close our month of...


 2019-12-04  7m

Leah Goldberg's “Room for Rent”

No Israeli childhood experience would be complete without Leah Goldberg. Her story “Room for Rent” was published in 1948 and is one of the most classic children’s books available in Hebrew.


 2019-11-27  9m

Shira Geffen's “The Heart-Shaped Leaf”

This month we continue our spotlight on beautifully written and illustrated Israeli children’s books translated into English with “The Heart Shaped Leaf,” by Shira Geffen and illustrated by David Polonsky.


 2019-11-20  6m

“The Mermaid in the Bathtub”

Some of Marcela's favorite children’s books in Hebrew have been written by well known poets and illustrated by some of Israel’s most talented graphic artists. This episode features The Mermaid in the Bathtub, written by the poet, essayist and...


 2019-11-13  6m

Nano Shabtai's “Corn”

For the next few weeks, we will feature new, up-and-coming writers whose work have recently been translated to English. Nano Shabtai is known in Hebrew arts and letters as a poet, dramatist and director.


 2019-11-06  7m