Achuzat Bayit Books – List of Publications



1. Jules Verne, Une fantaisie du Docteur Ox (Fiction, French). A brilliant novella for adults. Translated by the poet Dory Manor. Foreword by Benny Ziffer, editor of the supplement "Culture and Literature" in Haaretz newspaper.

2. John Hersey, Hiroshima (Non-fiction, English, Knopf). One of the most remarkable journalistic documentation. Translated by Dana Elazar-Halevi. Epilogue written by Professor Asa Kasher, Laura Schwarz-Kipp Chair in Professional Ethics and Philosophy of Practice at Tel Aviv University. BESTSELLER

3. Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby (Fiction, English). One of Dickens' classic novels. Translated and forwarded by Irit Linur, an admired and successful Israeli writer. BESTSELLER

4. Marina Tsvetayeva, Story of Sonichka (Fiction, Russian). A novel written by one of Russia's most acclaimed and classic poets. Translation and foreword by Sivan Beskin, a young Israeli poet.

5. Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis (1&2) (Graphic novel, French, L'association). The internationally acclaimed graphic novel by the Iranian-born writer and illustrator, now residing in Paris. Translated by Reuven Miran. With a special address to Israeli readers by Satrapi. The book was awarded the first Fernando Buesa Blanco Peace Prize in Spain and the Alex Award from the American Library Association and was produced into a successful film.

6. Joachim Fest, Der Untergang (Non-fiction, German, Rowholt). A thrilling account of one of the most dramatic final acts in modern history: the collapse of the Third Reich, written by one of Germany's greatest historians of Nazism. Translation and epilogue by Hanan Elstein. BESTSELLER

7. Luigi Pirandello, Loveless Loves (Fiction, Italian). A collection of short stories and novellas by the great Italian author. Translated by Ora Eyal.

8. Michel Piquemal & Philippe Lagautriére, Les philo-fables (Children, French, Albin Michel). Translated by Reuven Miran. BESTSELLER

9. Alan Bennett, Three Stories (Fiction, English, Profile Books). Three brilliant novellas by one of England's most admired living writers. Translated by Katja Benovitch.

10. Anne Fadiman, Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, (Non-fiction, English, FSG). A witty collection of essays recounting a lifelong love affair with books and language. Translated by Yoav Halevi and Ronnie Amir. Forwarded by Ronnie Amir.

11. Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White (Fiction, English). Written in 1859, it is considered to be among the first mystery novels and is widely regarded as one of the first and finest. Translated by Cilla Elazar. Forwarded by Amnon Jakont, one of Israel's best and beloved thriller writers.

12. Hans-Ulrich Treichel, Der Verlorene (Fiction, German, Suhrkamp). Among the first books to be published in Israel on Germany's destiny after World War II. Regarded by as a masterpiece of the German literature of the past decade. Translated by Rachel Bar-Hayim. Epilogue by Hanan Elstein.

13. Vikas Swarup, Q&A (Fiction, English, Scribner). A worldwide bestseller telling the adventurous story of a young poor waiter in the Indian city of Mumbai. Produced into an Oscar award-winning film – Slumdog Millionaire. Translated by Sigal Adler. BESTSELLER

14. John Steinbeck Travels with Charley (Non-Fiction, English, Bantam Books). In 1960, the famous writer Steinbeck sets on to rediscover his native land. Translated by Cilla Elazar.

15. Mario Vargas Llosa, Travesuras de la niña mala (Fiction, Spanish, Alfaguara). A gripping and poignant novel about a mysterious romance from one of Latin America’s greatest writers. Translated by Tal Nitzan. BESTSELLER

16. Gerard Donovan, Julius Winsome (Fiction, English, Overlook). An extraordinary tale exploring ideas of revenge and the threat of the wild, but also a tender and heartbreaking paean to lost love. Translated by Tal Nitzan.

17. Michael Bond, A Bear Called Paddington (Children, English, Collins). Paddington – the beloved, classic bear from Darkest Peru. Translated by Avraham Yavin. Epilogue by the famous children's author Yehonathan Geffen. BESTSELLER

18. Simonetta Agnello Hornby, La mennulara (Fiction, Italian, Feltrinelli). A Sicilian riveting tale of corruption, intrigue and love, peopled with a cast of wonderfully-drawn characters. Translated by Gabriella Padovano.

19. Ma Jian, The Noodle Maker (Fiction, Chinese, Vintage). A darkly funny novel about the absurdities and cruelties of life in modern China. Translated from Chinese by Anat Munitz.

20. Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road (Fiction, English, Vintage). Frank and April Wheeler, a bright, beautiful, and talented couple whose empty suburban life is held together by the dream that greatness is only just round the corner. The book was lately produced into a successful movie. Translated by Katja Benovitch.

21. Miranda July, No One Belongs Here More Than You (Fiction, English, Scribner). Remarkable stories of seemingly ordinary people living extraordinary lives by a brilliant new voice. Translated by Idit Shorer.

22. Alexander S. Pushkin, The Tale of the Fisherman and the Goldfish (Children, Russian). The famous Children's tale translated by one of Israel's best translators, Rina Litvin, with marvelous illustrations by Yirmi Pinkus. A 2010 winner of the Ben-Yitzhak Award for the Illustration of a Children’s Book donated by The Israel Museum.

23. Natalie Angier, The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science (Non-fiction, English, Houghton Mifflin). The few big things about science every cultured person should know. Translated by Emanuel Lotem.

24. John Fante, Dreams from Bunker Hill and The Brotherhood of the Grape (Fiction, English, Ecco). Two novels from one of America's best novelists. Translated by Tal Nitzan.

25. Vikas Swarup, Six Suspects (Fiction, English, Doubleday). Second novel by the bestselling author of Q&A (Slumdog Millionaire). BESTSELLER

26. Hama Tuma, The Case of the Socialist Witchdoctor and Other Stories (Fiction, English, Heinemann). Chilling stories by an Ethiopian novelist about the Ethiopian regime. Foreword by Prof. Haggai Erlich, a world-known African researcher. Translated by Dori Parnes.

27. Ana Isakova, And Then Darkened the Moon (Fiction, Russian). A family-related group of young Jews escapes Lithuania during WWII. Translated by Dina Markon.

28. Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis 2 (3&4) (Graphic novel, French, L'association). The second part of the internationally acclaimed graphic novel by the Iranian-born writer and illustrator, now residing in Paris. The book was produced into a successful film. Translated by Avital Inbar.

29. Françoise Sagan, Bonjour Tristesse (Fiction, French, Julliard). A new edition of Sagan's scandalous novel written when she was only 17. Epilogue by Nurit Gertz and Shlomtzion Keinan, translated by Dory Manor. BESTSELLER

30. Muhammad Yunus, Creating a World without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism, (Non Fiction, English, Public Affairs). The fascinating story of the peace Nobel Prize winner. Translated by Ronnie Amir.

31. Christian Kracht, Faserland (Fiction, German, DTV). The author deals with modern consumer culture, the collapse of the post-war concept of a "harmonized middle class society", and the individual and national identity crisis of the German post-war generation. Translation and epilogue by Hanan Elstein.

32. Sebastian Barry, The Secret Scripture (Fiction, English, Faber). Roseanne is nearing her 100 birthday in the mental hospital where she was committed as a young woman. Finishing up his case notes before the hospital is closed, psychiatrist Dr Grene finds himself intrigued by the story of his elderly patient. Shortlisted for the 2009 Booker Prize and winner of the British Costa Award 2008. Translated by Sharon Preminger. BESTSELLER

33. Margaret George, The Autobiography of Henry VIII, With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers (Fiction, English, St. Martin's Griffin). In a blend of historical fact and imagination, the author brings to life this most colourful of kings, written from his point of view, but injecting irreverent comments from Henry VIII's confidant and jester. English: Cilla Elazar.

34. Sergei Dovlatov, two novels by the famous Russian author: The Suitcase & The Reserve (Fiction, Russian). Two novels by the acclaimed emigrated Russian writer. Russian: Sivan Beskin.

35. David Belbin, The Pretender (Fiction, English, Five Leaves). Mark shows a remarkable talent for literary forgery. One day he sees his skill exploited by an unscrupulous manuscript dealer. That's when the trouble really starts. Translated by Katja Benovitch.

36. Jennie Rooney, Inside the Whale (Fiction, English, Chatto and Windus). Rooney's heart-wrenching debut novel was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. Translated by Sigal Adler.

37. Martin Amis, House of Meetings (Fiction, English, Jonathan Cape). Translated by Amir Tzukerman. An extraordinary, harrowing, endlessly surprising novel from a literary master.

38. Kevin Henkes, Kitten's First Full moon (Children, English, Greenwillow Books). Translated by Kobi Meidan. In this beautiful picture book, winner of the 2005 Caldecott Medal, Henkes captures the sweet, sometimes slapstick struggle of Kitten, who sees her first full moon and thinks it's a bowl of milk in the sky.

39. Joan Wickersham, The Suicide Index: Putting My Father's Death in Order, (Memoir, English, Harcourt). Translated by Dana Elazar-Halevi. One winter morning Wickersham’s beloved father shot himself in the head. His death made a mystery of his entire life. Who was he? Why did he do it? And what was the impact of his death on the people who loved him?

40. Andrea Camilleri, Il tailleur grigio (Fiction, Italian Mondadori). Italian: Alon Altaras. An Erotic novel about a fam-fatal and the strange relationship with her older husband, by Italy's most successful writer.

41. Aimee Bender, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Fiction, English, Doubleday). Translated by Katja Benovitch. On the eve of her 9th birthday Rose bites into her mother’s homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can emotions in food. The curse her gift has bestowed is the secret knowledge all families keep hidden—her mother’s life outside the home, her father’s detachment, her brother’s clash with the world.

42. Hala Jaber, The Flying Carpet To Baghdad: One Woman's Fight for Two Orphans of War (Fiction, English, Macmillan). Translated by Dana Elazar-Halevi. The inspiring true story of a prizewinning foreign correspondent longing for a child, two small Iraqi girls in need of a mother, and what love and grief can teach us about family and hope.

43. Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks (Fiction, English, Penguin). Translated by Amir Tzukerman. In 1944, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs were charged as accessories to murder. One of their friends, Lucien Carr, had stabbed another, David Kammerrer. Kerouac helped him get rid of the weapon. Months later, the two writers – unpublished at the time – collaborated on And wrote a fictionalized account that was published only 60 years later.

44. Elvira Lindo, Una Palabra Tuya (Fiction, Spanish, Seix Barral). Translated by Deli Rom. A bitter-sweet story about a peculiar friendship between two lonley spanish women.

45. Enid Blyton, The Secret Seven / The Famous Five (Fiction. English, Chorion). Translated by Dana Elazar-Halevi. A new Hebrew translation of all the books in the famous series for children.

46. John Mortimer, Rumpole of the Bailey (Fiction, English, Penguin). Translated by Michal Alfon. A first Hebrew translation of the first book in "Rumpole" series.

47. Rolf Bauerdick, Wie die Madonna auf den mond kam (Fiction, German, DVA). Translated by Arno Baehr. The debut novel by German author Rolf Bauerdick garnered quite a bit of attention and had been sold in eight countries, including the US (Knopf) and UK (Atlantic), France, Spain, Italy, Poland and the Netherlands.

48. Mario Vargas Llosa, El sueño del celta (Fiction, Spanish, Alfaguara). Translated by Einat Talmon. The novel explores the life of the Irish revolutionary Sir Roger Casement who was executed for treason after his involvement in the 1916 Easter Rising.

49. Horace McCoy, They Shoot Horses don’t day? (Fiction, English, Serpent's Tail). Translated by Deli Rom. The story describes two drifting people who meet on the streets of Hollywood and find themselves in a crazy dance marathon contest. Together with McCoy's I Should have Stayed Home this book of two novels speaks to today's ennui and loss of meaning.

50. Sebastian barry, On Canaan's side (Fiction, English, Faber and Faber). Translated by Cilla Elazar. Narrated by Lilly Bere, The novel opens as she mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill. The story then goes back to the moment she was forced to flee Sligo, at the end of the First World War, and follows her life through into the new world of America, a world filled with both hope and danger.

51. Rob Riemen, Nobility of Spirit – A forgotten Ideal (Non-Fiction, Dutch, Yale). Dutch: Inbal Zilberstein. In this powerful book Rob Riemen argues with passion that “nobility of spirit” is the quintessence of a civilized world.

52. God's Bits of Wood, An anthology of Senegalese novels including: Une si longue lettre by Mariama Bâ (Fiction, French, motifs); L'aventure ambigue by Cheikh Hamidou Kane (Fiction, French, 10/18); Les bouts de bois de Dieu by Ousmane Sembene (Fiction, French, Pocket).

53. Gianrico Carofiglio, Involuntary Witness (Fiction, Italianm, Sellerio). A bestseller and winner of multiple awards in Italy. A murder case presents Guido Guerrieri, the archetypal burned-out defense lawyer, with a chance at redemption.

54.  Humphrey Carpenter, J.R.R Tolkien: A Biography (Non-Fiction, English). The authorized biography of the creator of THE HOBBIT, THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE SILMARILLION. Translated by Danny Orbach.

55. Jáchym Topol, Kloktat Dehet (Fiction, Czech). The debut novel of Topol, who is seen by critics and readers as the definitive writer of the post-Communism era in Prague. Translated by Pe'er Friedmann.

57. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (Fiction, English). This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. Translated by Lyor Shternberg.

58. Christopher McDougall, Born To Run (Non-Fiction, English).  An epic adventure (and a worldwide bestseller) that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? Translated by Osnat Hadar. BESTSELLER.

59Peter Ackroyd, The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling (Non-Fiction, English, Penguin classics). A Retelling of Geoffrey Chauser  famous tales. Translated by Meir Wizeltier.

60. Daniel Pennac, Journal d'un corps (Fiction, French).  A fictionalized diary of a man who tell the story of his life through only perspective: his bodily sensations. Translated by Nir Ratzkovsky.

61. Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project (Fiction, English). a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. Translated by Sivan Beskin. BESTSELLER.

62. Nelson Mandela, Conversations with Myself (Non-Fiction, English). From letters written in the darkest hours of his twenty-seven years of imprisonment to the draft of an unfinished sequel to his autobiography – Conversations with Myself gives readers access to the private man behind the public figure.  Translated by Kobi Meidan. BESTSELLER

63. Mikhail Lermontov, A Hero of Our Time (Fiction, Russian). A Russian  classic. Translated by Nili Mirsky.

64. Eben Alexander M.D, Proof of Heaven (Non-Fiction, English). A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife. Translated by Cilla Elazar. BESTSELLER

65. Irmgard Keun, Das kunstseidene Mädchen (Fiction, German, List Taschenbuch / Claassen). an acclaimed bestseller and a masterwork of German literature, in the tradition of Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories and Bertolt Brecht's Three Penny Opera. Translated by Hanan Elstein.

Future Publications

  •  Matthew Quick, The Good Luck of Right Now  (Fiction, English)
  • Vikas Swarup, The Accidental Apprentice  (Fiction, English)
  • Patrick Flanery, Absolution (Fiction, English)
  • Carol Rifka Brunt, Tell The Wolves I'm Home (Fiction, English)
  • Martin Amis, The Pregnant Widow (Fiction, English, Jonathan Cape). Translated by Amir Tzukerman.
  • François Weyergans, Trois Jours Chez Ma Mère, won the 2005 Goncourt (Fiction, French, Grasset). French: Dori Manor.
  • Lucy Eyre, If Minds Had Toes (Fiction, English, Bloomsbury). Translated by Dana Elazar-Halevi.
  • Tom McCarthy, Men in Space (Fiction, English' Alma Books).
  • Tom McCarthy, Remainder (Fiction, English' Alma Books).
  • Tom McCarthy, C (Fiction, English' Alma Books). Shortlisted for the Booker 2010.
  • Damon Galgut, In a Strange Room (Fiction, English, Atlantic Books). Shortlisted for the Booker 2010.
  • Adam Foulds, The Truth About These Strange Times (Fiction, English, Weidenfeld & Nicolson). Translated by Dana Elazar-Halevi.
  • Adam Foulds, The Quickening Maze (Fiction, English, Cape). Longlisted for the Booker 2009, winner of the 2009 South Bank Show Awards and shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2009.
  • Andrew Miller, One Morning Like a Bird (Fiction, English, Sceptre).
  • Ma Jian, Beijing Coma (Fiction, English, Chatto and Windus). Translated by Anat Munitz.
  • Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoglu, Yaban (Fiction, Turkish, Iletisim). Turkish: Sharom Sade.
  • Simonetta Agnello Hornby, La zia marchesa (Fiction, Italian, Feltrinelli).
  • Reviel Netz, Barbed Wire: An Ecology of Modernity (Non-fiction, English, Wesleyan U.P). Translated by Noam Rachmilevich.
  • Jonathan Wolff, Why Read Marx Today? (Non-fiction, English, Oxford University Press).
  • Claudia Pozzo, Carmen dei sogni (Fiction, Italian, Spnzogno Editore).
  • Alasdair Gray, Lanark (Fiction, English, Canongate Classics).
  • Michael Blastland, Joe (Fiction, English, Profile Books).
  • Olga Tokarczuk, Ostatnie Historie (Fiction, Polish, Wydawnictwo Literackie). Polish: Boris Gerus.
  • Bi, Feiyu, Chinese Massage (Fiction, Chinese). Chinese: Netalie Admon.
  • John Mortimer, The Trials of Rumpole (Fiction, English, Penguin).
  • John Mortimer, Rumpole's Return (Fiction, English, Penguin).


Hebrew Original


1. Eitan Nahmias Glas, Lonely People Operas: Short Stories. A collection of stories by a promising young Israeli writer and poet.

2. Ho! A newly established magazine for poetry and literature, edited by Dory Manor, one of the most prominent Israeli poets and translators. The 7th edition was published in January 2009.

3. Michal Yafet, Life with Books. A non-fiction album of conversations with high profile intellectuals on their home libraries and favorite books.

4. Maya Arad, Abandoned Saintly. Arad is a rising star who brought back the rhyme into the centre of the Israeli literature arena, by winning wide acclaim on her last published novels.

5. Dvora Omer, Cradling Stories. Stories for toddlers written by one of Israel's most well-known children writers.

6. Dory Manor, Baritone. A poetry book written in rhyme and meter fashion and in a revealing and intimate voice.

7. Sivan Beskin, A Vocal Piece for a Jew, a Fish and a Choir. A poetry book written by one of the most promising and rising talents of Israeli's literary arena.

8. Orna & Ella, a Cookery book. Written by the founders of the successful Israeli restaurant. BESTSELLER

9. Aharon Megged, Quartet. A collection of novels from one of the most appraised author of Israeli literature who won various literature prizes including the much-admired Pras Israel.

10. Netalie Braun, Kill and Breathe. First poetry book written by the poet who won a poetry contest which was initiated by Achuzat Bayit Books in collaboration with Tel Aviv municipality.

11. Shimon Adaf, A Mere Mortal. A new fantasy novel by one of Israel's most talented young writers.

12. Aviad Givon, The Picture Looks at Me. A novel that outlines the story of a woman soldier and her inner world after abandoning her religious beliefs.

13. Nira Harel (Editor), The Golden Chain: Best Hebrew Poems for Children. An anthology of classical children poems edited by one of Israel's most prominent children writers and editor and illustrated by Batya Kolton, who won several illustrations awards. A 2008 winner of the Ben-Yitzhak Award for the Illustration of a Children’s Book donated by The Israel Museum. BESTSELLER

14. Anat Levin, Revolving Anna. First poetry book written by the poet who won the second poetry contest which was initiated by Achuzat Bayit Books in collaboration with Tel Aviv municipality.

15. Gail Hareven, Lies, First Person. The novel's main character, a journalist, is forced to deal with her past and her family's secrets following the publication of a text written by a History Professor. Gail Hareven is laureate of the acclaimed Sapir Prize for 2001. BESTSELLER

16. Eyal Halfon, A Searching Trek: A Journey Through Israel's National Trail. A movie director tells us the story of his journeys through Israel.

17. Reviel Netz and Maya Arad, Positions of Stress: Essays on Israeli Literature between Sound and History. Essays on Israeli contemporary poetry and prose.

18. Aharon Megged, Flies. Hezi Haziz, a young genius from Tel Aviv, tries to produce energy from flies' hovering in order to save the world. He fails not only in this but also in saving himself.

19. Amnon Dankner, Aunt Eva, His Nights and Days. A novel about a boy growing up in Jerusalem of the 1960s and his unique relationship with a young tenant dressed in women's clothes – Aunt Eva. BESTSELLER

20. Ido Angel, Michael's Story. First book in a new series of prose by young contemporary authors, edited by Dana Olmert.

21. Avinadav Begin, The End of the Conflict. The grandson of former prime minister Menachem Begin and son of Dr. Benny Begin presents 57 short chapters where he touches the essence of conflicts, in Israel and worldwide, and offers a radical but realistic solution.

22. Uri Orbach, The Basics of Judaism for Non-Religious Children. Orbach's concepts and stories accompanied by illustrations of Yaara Buchman, illustrator for Waltz and Bashir. BESTSELLER

23. Gail Hareven, Waking Heart. A new novel by the famous best-selling writer, Gail Hareven, laureate of the acclaimed Sapir Prize for 2001. BESTSELLER

24. There is Always a Story Behind the Money, an Anthology of novellas by 7 Israeli contemporary promising writers, editor: Dana Olmert.

25. Oded Carmeli, Poems. First poetry book written by the poet who won the fourth poetry contest which was initiated by Achuzat Bayit Books in collaboration with Tel Aviv municipality.

26. Sivan Beskin, A Vocal Piece for a Jew, a Fish and a Choir. A second poetry book written by one of the most promising and rising talents of Israeli's literary arena.

27. Ariel Hirshfeld (Editor) Hebrew Reading – a series of popular introductions about the work and life of the most significant Israeli authors. Written by various prominent scholars. First : Orly Castel-Bloom, Dan Tzalka and Shay Agnon.

28. Tal Nitzan, Bed Time Shakespeare– fourteen Hebrew adaptations for young readers of Shakespeare's most famous plays.

29. Yael Neeman, We were the Future. Autobiographical book about the author's childhood in a Kibbutz, edited by Dana Olmert. BESTSELLER

30. Miki Ben-Cna'an, The Big Circus of Ideas. A novel by an acclaimed Israeli writer. BESTSELLER

31. Hila Arazi Hatav, Amilam – The novel follows one week full of events in the life of one family, edited by Dana Olmert.

32. Sarai Shavit, India Express. A novel about an Israeli young woman searching for her lost brother in India.

33. Lior Alperovitch, The Last Mission – The fascinating story of the Habbad couple, Gabi and Rivki, murdered in a terror attack in Mumbai.

34. Yuval Ben Ami, The Tel Avivian Comedy– A moving and courageous autobiographic novel describing three decisive years in the life of the author.

35. Michal Ben Naftali, Wind – A new novel by the eminent philosopher and writer Michal Ben Naftali investigating the relationship between a woman and her grandmother.

36. Nathan Dunevich, A City Dines – An outstanding and sensual book describing one hundred years of culinary adventure Tel-Aviv, written by one of the most acclaimed journalist in Israel.

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