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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David Grossman’s “The Desire to Be Gisella”

In “The Desire to be Gisella,” David Grossman ponders the root of our fear of the “other” in ourselves and in those we love


 2021-06-02  6m

Dory Manor’s “The Language Beneath the Skin”

One of the realities of our age—or rather—one of the realities of literature—is that often poets and writers do not write in their first language. Or, if they do, this first language is not the language of the culture in which they find themselves.


 2021-05-19  9m

Jews and Words

In 2014, historian Fania Salzberger Oz, and her father, the late writer Amos Oz, paired up to write a book which is “a nonfiction, speculative, raw, and occasionally playful attempt to say something a bit new on a topic of immense pedigree... the...


 2021-05-05  6m

Meir Shalev’s “The Blue Mountain”

Set in a rural village prior to the creation of the state of Israel, The Blue Mountain describes a community of eastern European immigrants as they pioneer life in a new land


 2021-04-21  7m

The Poetry of Avot Yeshurun

On this episode, Marcela features the poems of a fascinating writer whose pen name was Avot Yeshurun. He published his first book of poems in 1942, and his last book appeared in 1992, on the day before he died


 2021-04-07  7m

Ayelet Tsabari’s “Savta”

Marcela shares the second installment of a three-part podcast on Ayalet Tsabari’s important and beautiful memoir, “The Art of Leaving”


 2021-03-24  8m

A. B. Yehoshua’s “The Lover”

On this episode, Marcela highlights “The Lover,” the first novel by A. B. Yehoshua, which he wrote in 1977. It is narrated from the point of view of each of its six main characters


 2021-03-10  7m

Meir Shalev’s “Four Meals”

Four Meals is the story of Zayde, his enigmatic mother Judith, and her three lovers. When Judith arrives in a small, rural village in Palestine in the early 1930s, three men compete for her


 2021-02-24  7m

Batya Gur’s “Murder on a Kibbutz”

Marcela revisits Batya Gur, who introduced the murder mystery into Hebrew literature. Gur’s highbrow mysteries are often set in closed communities that mirror issues in the greater Israeli society


 2021-02-10  5m

Ari Shavit’s “My Promised Land”

This book catapulted Ari Shavit into the international spotlight. It was a New York Times best seller and listed by the Times in its “100 Notable Books of 2013.”


 2021-01-27  7m