My Funny Levantines

Two new novels offer angles of vision into Jewish experience in the pre- or non-Israeli parts of the modern Middle East.

June 21, 2018 | Michael Weingrad
About the author: Michael Weingrad is professor of Jewish studies at Portland State University and a frequent contributor to Mosaic and the Jewish Review of Books. 
Two novels of notable interest by Israeli authors of Middle Eastern descent have recently become available to English-language readers. The better-known author is Orly Castel-Bloom, whose An Egyptian Novel won Israel’s top fiction prize in 2015; it was published last year in a translation by Todd Hasak-Lowy. More recently, Moshe Sakal’s The Diamond Setter, ably rendered by Jessica Cohen, became the first of this novelist’s books to appear in English.

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