April 8, 2009

It took a while, but one of Israel's leading novelists is finally translated


Despite Israeli writer Gail Hareven‘s “renown as a prolific novelist, playwright and short story author,” observes Jessa Crispin, it has taken her quite a while to get translated into English. But, as Crispin notes in an NPR Books We Like commentary, it’s finally happned with her The Confessions of Noa Weber, winner of Israel’s prestigious Sapir Prize. “It’s not a casual read,” she says. “Hareven’s insights into desperate yearning are so dead on and painfully astute, the experience can be eviscerating. That the work is also witty and compelling will leave American readers, encountering Hareven for the first time, almost certainly pining for more.”

Dennis Johnson is the founder of MobyLives, and the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House.