October 12, 2008

Notes from Around the Web

Over on Nextbook Margot Lurie introduces "the vibrant, anguished poetry of Hamutal Bar-Yosef," now available in English translation (with translation by Israeli poet Rachel Tzvia Back). Sandee Brawarsky presents Bar Yosef's work for The Jewish Week's readers.
Also on Nextbook: Alicia Ostriker shares three poems.
One of the few books by new Nobel laureate J.M.G. Le Clézio available in English translation is the novel Étoile Errante, translated as Wandering Star and published by Curbstone Press. This is the one book of Le Clezio's that I knew about before the Nobel award was announced. Curbstone's site describes it as follows: "the moving story of two young women, caught up in the turmoil of the Middle East, who wish for peace--Esther, a Jewish girl who flees Europe and takes part in the founding of Israel, and Nejma, a Palestinian refugee." And for an excerpt, click here.

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