1. "Love suddenly seemed to him to be another of life’s obstacles; when you confront it, you have to duck your head and wait until it passes."
    — Between FriendsAmos Oz
     
  2. She thought there was much more cruelty in the world than compassion and sometimes even compassion was a form of cruelty.”

    From the story “Esperanto” in the collection Between Friends by Amos Oz

     
  3. hmhbooks:

    Happy belated birthday to Amos Oz.

    (Source: hmhco.com)

     
  4. Winner, 2012 Prix Médicis étranger 
    Winner, 2012 Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger

    "[Yehoshua] achieves an autumnal tone as he ruminates on memory’s slippery hold on life and on art."—The New Yorker 

    "Yehoshua’s prose penetrated to a level of psychological understanding that moved me deeply… [His] stories remind us that Israeli literature rightly joins the literature of those other cultures that have earned the right to make of ordinary lives a metaphor for such soul-destroying weariness."—Vivian Gornick, The Nation 

    "An ambitious, engrossing, playfully testamentary novel."—Moment 

    "A pure pleasure… Yehoshua’s best book in years."—Maariv (Israel)

    The Retrospective by A.B. Yehoshua is now available in paperback.

     
  5. Last week was a good week. 

    hmhbooks:

    It’s a fiction kind of week. Fiction and food. Yeah. 

    BETWEEN FRIENDS by Amos Oz. These eight interconnected stories, set in the fictitious Kibbutz Yikhat, draw masterly profiles of idealistic men and women enduring personal hardships in the shadow of one of the greatest collective dreams of the twentieth century.

    THE ONCE AND FUTURE WORLD: Finding Wilderness in the Nature We’ve Made by J.B. MacKinnon. An award-winning ecology writer goes looking for the wilderness we’ve lost, providing an eye-opening account of the true relationship between humans and nature. 

    365 SLOW COOKER RECIPES by Stephanie O’Dea. New slow cooker recipes from the wildly popular Crockpot365.blogspot.com and New York Times best-selling author Stephanie O’Dea 

    THE MACAROON BIBLE by Dan Cohen. Coconut macaroons updated for a new generation with flavors like Red Velvet, Salted Caramel, and more.

    BEAUTIFUL LIES by Clare Clark. Now in paperbackFrom an award-winning novelist described by Hilary Mantel as “one of those writers who can see into the past and help us feel its texture,” the story of the exotic wife of a Scottish aristocrat who is not what she seems, set against the backdrop of the cultured drawing rooms and emerging tabloid culture of late Victorian London.

    INVENTING THE ENEMY by Umberto Eco. Now in paperbackA collection of timely essays written over the last ten years by Umberto Eco, internationally acclaimed and best-selling author. 

    Happy eating —er — reading!

     

     

  6. Etgar Keret’s first short story, now on Facebook

    via the Paris Review

     
  7. Congratulations, A.B. Yehoshua, for winning the 2012 Prix  Médicis étranger for his novel The Retrospective! It will be available in the U.S. in March of next year.

     

  8. "Even a girl’s room has walls and windows, a floor and a ceiling, furniture and a door. That’s a fact. And yet, for all that, it feels like a foreign country, utterly other and strange, its inhabitants not like us in any way."
    — Amos Oz, Soumchi
     
  9. Now available in new trade paperback editions, early fiction by Amos Oz: Soumchi, translated by Penelope Farmer; and Where the Jackals Howl, translated by Nicholas de Lange and Philip Simpson. 

     

  10. From David Stromberg’s translator’s note:

    The publication of “Job” had turned into a literary experience reminiscent of a chaotic Singerian universe—where coveted objects are misplaced, or purposely hidden by imps, only to reappear just before it’s too late. I used the additional pages to reconstruct some of my initial translation solutions—though again avoiding the temptation to replicate Singer’s signature linguistic choices in English. With the help of Arcadia Falcone of the Ransom Center, I am working to locate and reunite the missing pages of Singer’s translation of “Job.” And as in a Singer story, the story of this translation is yet to be continued…

    Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2012/08/job-isaac-bashevis-singer.html#ixzz23e0f4pbN

     

  11. Salman Rushdie responds to Israel’s ban of Günter Grass, via the New York Times.

     

  12. The novel, Dream of Ding Village, was banned in China in 2005. 

    The longlist also includes The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco (translated by Richard Dixon), 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (translated by Jay Rubin), Scenes from Village Life by Amos Oz (translated by Nicholas De Lange), Professor Anderson’s Night by Dag Solstad (translated by Agnes Scott Langeland), and eleven others.

    A shortlist of six books will be announced April 12. The winner will be announced May 14.