The Finest Living Author Writing in Hebrew Is in Exile in the U.S.

The protagonist of Maya Arad's latest book is a stressed-out writer who yearns for a prestigious literary prize and falls in love with a woman. 'My husband told me, 'Maya, if the reader doesn’t think that you’ve left me for a woman, then you didn’t do your job''

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Israeli-born author Maya Arad, who lives, writes and teaches in Stanford, California, Jan. 2022
Israeli-born author Maya Arad. "The status of literature as an exalted art form no longer exists. On the other hand, there are more voices coming from others: women, LGBTQs, emigres like me."Credit: Yosef Arad
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Author Maya Arad, who lives, writes and teaches in Stanford, California. “Everything that I write is completely me, no one else could write it."Credit: Yosef Arad
The campus of Stanford University in California, where author Maya Arad, her husband Reviel Netz, a professor of classics and of philosophy.Credit: Beck Diefenbach/Reuters
A pro-Palestinian protest by supporters of BDS in Paris, in 2015. "Most of the BDSniks are not saying ‘We want a multistage plan for ending the occupation," says author Arad.Credit: AFP



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