Israeli Book Club
Tuesday, March 12 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Community House
BJ’s Israeli Book Club is more than just your typical reading group—it is an intimate encounter with Israeli culture, society, and politics. Join us for a good read and nuanced conversation that will help you gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of contemporary Israeli issues.
Her historical novel, One Night, Markovitch (2012), describes the Jewish Yishuv before, during, and after the Second World War, while the country struggles to forge itself. It won Israel’s most prestigious literary prize for debut novels, the Sapir Prize, in 2013. The novel was translated into thirteen languages, and won the Italian Adei-Wizo Prize, as well as the French Adei-Wizo Prize. The novel was also long-listed for the Italian Sinbad Prize and Grand prix des lectrices de Elle.
Gundar-Goshen’s second novel, Waking Lions (2014), focuses on the hardships of the African asylum-seeking community who came into Israel from the Sinai desert between 2008-2013. It won the 2017 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize, made The New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice list, and The Wall Street Journal included the novel on its Best Summer Reads list.
About One Night, Markovitch:
Two men are crossing the sea to marry women they have never met, in order to help them escape war-torn Europe for the Jewish homeland.
Zeev Feinberg – lover of many women and proud owner of a lustrous moustache – yearns to return home, to a girl whose skin is sweet with the smell of oranges. For Yaacov Markovitch, however, who no woman has ever looked at twice, his fake marriage is the beginning of a lifelong obsession. As he vows to make his beautiful bride, Bella, love him – and she determines to break free – their changing fortunes take them through war, upheaval, terrible secrets, tragedy, joy and loss. Vital, funny and tender, One Night, Markovitch brilliantly fuses personal lives and epic history in an unforgettable story of endless, hopeless longing and the desperate search for love.
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Book Club Reads
Second Person, Singular
A Trumpet in the Wadi
One Night, Markovitch
Moving On From Bliss