Books by Hillel Halkin

Hillel Halkin is a writer, translator, and columnist for the Jerusalem Post, Commentary, and the New York Sun. He lives in Zichron Ya'aka.


TO THIS DAY by S.Y. Agnon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"In Halkin's beautifully fluid translation (he has also supplied a perceptive introduction), we see Agnon's piquant illustration of a disorientation that feels quite contemporary."
The last of Agnon's six novels to be translated from Hebrew into English, this 1951 work describes the travails of a young Jew in Berlin during the Great War. Agnon (1888-1970) won the Nobel in 1966. Read full book review >
A WOMAN IN JERUSALEM by A.B. Yehoshua
Released: Aug. 14, 2006

"A moving, unsentimental reckoning with death and renewal."
Israeli novelist Yehoshua (The Liberated Bride, 2003, etc.) explores our obligations to the dead in an emotionally powerful novel. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 2005

"Everyone here spins good yarns, rendered in lovely prose, but the book's hefty size pads a pretty skimpy adventure."
Long-winded, thoughtfully meandering tale of the repercussions of a WWI spy ring on a Palestine village. Read full book review >
THE LIBERATED BRIDE by A.B. Yehoshua
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A splendidly realized search for the causes of ruptures that rend families and nations: both timely and timeless."
A multilayered story from the fine Israeli novelist (Returning Lost Loves, 2001, etc.) mixes the personal and political as a historian seeks explanations for two seemingly disconnected events: his son's divorce and an outbreak of violence in Algeria. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 15, 2002

"Genuinely intriguing, and difficult to dismiss."
A skeptical Israeli gradually becomes convinced that an obscure ethnic group living on the Indian-Burmese border descends from one of the biblical lost tribes. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

Kahn—pugnacious world-class shipping magnate and survivor of the Nazi holocaust—presents a fascinating personal history displaying equal parts of bravado and bravery. As a young man Kahn was a neighbor of Anne Frank's and just a few years older than the celebrated child diarist. Read full book review >

LYDIA, QUEEN OF PALESTINE by Uri Orlev
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

The author of The Man from the Other Side (1991, Batchelder Award) tells the story of another real-life Middle European who survived WW II. Read full book review >

THE MAN FROM THE OTHER SIDE by Uri Orlev
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1991

When Israeli author Orlev, who drew on his own ghetto experiences in The Island on Bird Street (1984; Batchelder Award), met a certain Polish journalist, they found that both had been boys in Warsaw during WW II; Orlev kept ``Marek's'' extensive confidences secret (including his discovery in 1942 that his father—executed in 1934 as a Communist—was Jewish) until his death in 1987. Read full book review >