Articles Tagged “Israel ”

My Nimrod Flipout

by Nicolle Elizabeth, February 26, 2009

  I remember the first time I came across Etgar Keret, and that I threw the book across the room. I had been beat to the punch. This marvel, this oracle, this as we say in Yiddish, this “meshuga” mind had figured out how to hybrid what felt to me a mix of Irvine Welsh, Amy Hempel, Kafka,… more »

Etgar Keret in Context

by Adam Rovner, March 4, 2009

In conjunction with our live Etgar Keret discussion on March 5th at the Idlewild bookstore in New York, Adam Rovner, writer, scholar and translations editor of Zeek, will be moderating an online discussion on Etgar Keret's Girl on the Fridge. Adam will be posting weekly about reading The Girl on… more »

Reading Keret: Front-line of the Hyper-real

by Adam Rovner, March 9, 2009

In his first blog post for our online book club on Etgar Keret's Girl on the Fridge, Adam Rovner discusses the hyper-real in Keret's story "The Night the Buses Died." We hope you'll read this and the other essays in the series and join in with your comments.—Editors Keret's "The… more »

“We’re All Overgrown Adolescents”—Miriam Schlesinger and Philip Lopate talk about Etgar Keret

by Nicolle Elizabeth, March 9, 2009

Last Thursday's Keret event at Idlewild was a hoot. Miriam Shlesinger's discussion about translating Keret's use of slang, though she is over twenty years his senior, (Keret is 42), was hilarious. "I cannot tell you how long I spent trying to decide between the word “chicks” versus… more »

film icon Words Without Borders Video: Miriam Schlesinger and Philip Lopate discuss Etgar Keret

by Bud Parr, March 13, 2009

Here's part one of a video with Miriam Schlesinger and Philip Lopate discussing Etgar Keret as part of our Conversations on Great Contemporary Literature Series. Links to other posts in our Girl on the Fridge discussion: Keret events this March in Boston and Chicago. Adam Rovner puts Etgar Keret… more »

Brutal Banality in Keret’s “An Exclusive”

by Adam Rovner, March 16, 2009

At nearly nine pages, "An Exclusive" is the lengthiest story in Etgar Keret's Girl on the Fridge. Perhaps because it's the longest, it's one of my favorites. Keret is known as a stylist of economy, of idiom, and of the manipulation of powerful cultural allusion. "An Exclusive" demonstrates… more »

My Favorite Etgar Keret Story: A Brief Appreciation

by Bud Parr, March 24, 2009

When I saw Etgar Keret at the PEN World Voices Festival last year I was disappointed because he chose to read “Hat Trick,” a story that is as unsettling in its implications as it is gruesome. The reason for my dismay, besides the squirminess that story makes me feel, was that the brutality… more »

Reading Keret: Translating the Funhouse

by Adam Rovner, March 24, 2009

"Hat Trick" first appeared in Missing Kissinger (1994), and has since proved one of Etgar Keret's most popular stories. In 1998, artist Batia Kolton of the Actus Tragicus comics collective adapted the story into a graphic and disturbing tale. You can find it in English as "HaTrick" in Jetlag: Five… more »

Finding Keret: Two Israeli Editors Discuss the Author’s Discovery

by Bud P., April 1, 2009

The two Israeli editors who brought Etgar Keret to national attention met recently to reminisce for the record about their brief but memorable association with him. Hannan Hever and Moshe Ron had a history of collaboration on various editorial and writing ventures going back to the early 1980s. By 1991,… more »

New Blog Series: Cross-Cultural-Dialogues In the Middle East

by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi and Chana Morgenstern, July 29, 2010

The two of us met during a particularly gritty winter in our first year of graduate school at Brown University. While Chana, an Israeli fiction writer, translator and scholar had just begun working on her PhD in Israeli and Palestinian Comparative Literature, I was completing my MFA in Fiction at the… more »


by Chana Morgenstern, August 9, 2010

A few years ago, in a seminar I took on contemporary Palestinian literature, the professor gave us a homework assignment to draw a map of Israel and Palestine.  I remember finding it a bit comical, the idea of a bunch of graduate students going home, digging up some crayons or markers, and clumsily… more »


by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, August 10, 2010

As Chana and I have begun to examine the literary and publishing trends in Israel and the Palestinian territories in light of the shifting political situation in the region, I’ve found myself thinking back to a recent exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, titled: “William… more »

Playing Wii with a Gun to His Head: An Interview with Sayed Kashua

by Meg Storey, September 20, 2010

Within two minutes of meeting the Israeli Arab writer Sayed Kashua, I realize that the questions I have prepared—about identity, and intifadas—are far too serious. In his first two novels (Dancing Arabs, Grove Press, 2004; and Let It Be Morning, Grove Press, 2006), Kashua uses stark, sometimes… more »

Artists Talk: Israel/Palestine. An Interview with Till Roeskens

by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, November 4, 2010

In her latest dispatch for our Artists Talk: Israel/Palestine series, Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi speaks to visual artist Till Roeskens, whose documentary film Videomappings: Aida, Palestine won the Grand Prix at the Festival International du Documentaire de Marseille, FID 2009. Directed and produced… more »

Artists Talk: Israel/Palestine. “Sheikh Jarrah, 2010.” A Poem by Almog Behar

by Almog Behar, February 9, 2011

Translated from the Hebrew by Chana Morgenstern. Almog Behar Is a Mizrahi (Jew of Arab descent) writer, literary critic and activist involved in the solidarity movement against the eviction of Palestinian families from East Jerusalem.   Behar is also actively engaged in a small but vibrant… more »

Artists Talk: Israel/Palestine. An Interview with Almog Behar

by Chana Morgenstern, February 9, 2011

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Translated from the Hebrew by Chana Morgenstern In this installment of "Artists Talk: Israel/Palestine,"  Chana Morgenstern. speaks to Almog Behar, whose poem, Sheikh Jarrah, 2010" you can read over here. Chana Morgenstern: Can you tell me a little bit about how your experiences organizing with… more »


by Nathalie Handal, April 5, 2011

This poem is dedicated to my friend and colleague Juliano Mer Khamis, born in Nazareth in 1958 and Artistic Director of the Jenin Freedom Theater. He was tragically shot by unknown assailants in Jenin yesterday as he was leaving the theater. His two-year-old son was in the car with him. Juliano was the… more »

Artists Talk: Israel/Palestine. An Interview with Raji Bathish

by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi and Chana Morgenstern, June 9, 2011

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In her latest dispatch for our Artists Talk: Israel/Palestine series, Azareen Van der Vliet speaks to Raji Bathish, a Palestinian poet, novelist, screenplay writer and cultural activist born in Nazareth. Bathish’s work has been widely published across the Arab and Israeli-Palestinian worlds. He… more »

My Favorite Bookstore: Yardenne Greenspan on Halper’s Books

by Yardenne Greenspan, May 27, 2015

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Halper's Books, 87 Allenby Street, Tel Aviv, Israel 65134 A path emerges from the busy, smoky, sooty Allenby Street in southern Tel Aviv, leading to a yard fenced in by bookcases. The books in the yard are mostly in French, but the ones inside the shop are in Hebrew and English, too. Tel Aviv’s… more »