A Mizrahi bride, an Ashkenazi groom, a psychiatrist of Russian origin, an uncle who’s a drag queen and a Palestinian laborer are only part of the gallery of characters in Ronit Matalon's latest book.
In letters to his beloved Milena, now compiled in a new Hebrew translation, Kafka creates art in which he invests as much intensity, imagination and thought as he did in his short stories and novels.
Israeli literature was willing to embrace poignant stories in Yiddish about shtetl life, but had a hard time stomaching ones about secure Jewish existence in America. The new short-story anthology ‘America’ helps fill in the gaps.
Klil Zisapel’s impressive new book The Zionist Comedy is a Jewish comedy, but it is completely unconnected to Judaism as a religion. Its considerable enthusiasm for Jewish texts is linguistic, not a matter of belief.