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Motti (Hebrew Literature Series)

by Asaf Schurr & Todd Hasak-Lowy

Calling to mind the minimalist novels of Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Motti is at once an exercise in simplicity and a self-conscious investigation into storytelling . . .


Life on Sandpaper (Hebrew Literature Series)

by Yoram Kaniuk & Anthony Berris

Susan Sontag writes: “Of the novelists I have discovered in translation . . . the three for whom I have the greatest admiration are Gabriel Garci´a Ma´rquez, Peter Handke, and Yoram Kaniuk.“


A Sky So Close: A Novel

by Betool Khedairi

This haunting coming-of-age story about a girl growing up in wartime Iraq was the subject of heated controversy when it was published in the Middle East; now in English, it offers American readers a rare chance...


Limassol

by Yishai Sarid & Barbara Harshaw

This timely and morally complex novel tells the story of a conflicted Israeli secret service agent. An expert interrogator, a connoisseur of persuasive methods—legal and otherwise—he never fails to make...


Dolly City (Hebrew Literature Series)

by Orly Castel-Bloom & Dalya Bilu

Gruesome, unhinged, and hilarious, Dolly City is widely recognized as one of the most disconcerting—and brilliant—literary works ever to come out of Israel.


The Prophet Murders

Hop-Çiki-Yaya #2

by Mehmet Murat Somer

Something's gone seriously wrong in Istanbul - a killer is on the loose, and transvestites are being murdered, the modus operandi becoming increasingly bizarre with each death. Our protagonist - fellow transvestite,...


To the End of the Land

by David Grossman & Jessica Cohen

From one of Israel’s most acclaimed writers comes a novel of extraordinary power about family life—the greatest human drama—and the cost of war.

Ora, a middle-aged Israeli mother, is on the verge of celebrating...


The White Castle: A Novel

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 1990

by Orhan Pamuk

From a Turkish writer who has been compared with Borges, Nabokov, and DeLillo comes a dazzling novel that is at once a captivating work of historical fiction and a sinuous treatise on the enigma of identity...


Rhyming Life and Death

by Amos Oz & Nicholas de Lange

An ingenious, witty, behind-the-scenes novel about eight hours in the life of an author.

A literary celebrity is in Tel Aviv on a stifling hot night to give a reading from his new book.While the obligatory inane...


Blooms of Darkness: A Novel

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012

by Aharon Appelfeld

**WINNER OF THE 2012 INDEPENDENT FOREIGN FICTION PRIZE**

A new novel from the award-winning, internationally acclaimed Israeli writer (“One of the greatest writers of the age”—The Guardian), a haunting,...


The Journey of Little Gandhi

by Elias Khoury & Paula Haydar

"Los Angeles has Joan Didion and Raymond Chandler, and Istanbul, Orhan Pamuk. The beautiful, resilient city of Beirut belongs to Khoury."--Laila Lalami, Los Angeles Times

From the author of Gate of the Sun and...


The Museum of Innocence

by Orhan Pamuk & Maureen Freely

It is 1975, a perfect spring in Istanbul. Kemal and Sibel, children of two prominent families, are about to become engaged. But when Kemal encounters Füsun, a beautiful shopgirl and a distant relation, he becomes...


The Gigolo Murder

Hop-Çiki-Yaya #3

by Mehmet Murat Somer

Istanbul?s most fabulously flamboyant sleuth is back in her second hilarious adventure

With its exotic Istanbul setting and racy peeks into the city?s nightlife, The Kiss Murder left readers eager for more of...


Katerina: A Novel

by Aharon Appelfeld

Fleeing an abusive home, Katerina, a teenage peasant in Ukraine in the 1880s, is taken in by a Jewish family and becomes their housekeeper. Feeling the warmth of family life for the first time and incorporating...


The Proof of the Honey

by Salwa Al Neimi & Cal Perkins

A bestseller throughout the Arab world, a tribute to sex, eroticism, language and liberty, The Proof of the Honey is a superb celebration of female pleasure. A Syrian scholar working in Paris is invited to contribute...


The Yacoubian Building

by Alaa Al Aswany

This controversial bestselling novel in the Arab world reveals the political corruption, sexual repression, religious extremism, and modern hopes of Egypt today.

All manner of flawed and fragile humanity reside...


A Pigeon and a Boy: A Novel

by Meir Shalev

From the internationally acclaimed Israeli writer Meir Shalev comes a mesmerizing novel of two love stories, separated by half a century but connected by one enchanting act of devotion.

During the 1948 War of...


The Kiss Murder

Hop-Çiki-Yaya #1

by Mehmet Murat Somer

The Number One Ladies' Detective Agencymeets Pedro Almodovar in this outrageous new series featuring an ultraglamorous sleuth

Bestsellers in Mehmet Murat Somer's home country of Turkey and set to take the world...


All Whom I Have Loved: A Novel

by Aharon Appelfeld

The haunting story of a Jewish family in Eastern Europe in the 1930s that prefigures the fate of the Jews during World War II.

At the center is nine-year-old Paul Rosenfeld, the beloved only child of divorced...


The Girl on the Fridge

by Etgar Keret, Miriam Shlesinger & Sondra Silverston

A birthday-party magician whose hat tricks end in horror and gore; a girl parented by a major household appliance; the possessor of the lowest IQ in the Mossad—such are the denizens of Etgar Keret's dark and...