Updated: May 5, 2021
In Israel, every year we have a full week dedicated to Israeli books. There are book fairs and book sales all across the country. This week is called #Shavua_HaSefer.
This year, because of the Coronavirus, #Shavua_HaSefer was postponed, but don't worry, the day has finally come.
In light of our national book week, we decided to share with you some of our favorite all-time Israeli classics.
Here they are
01 Missing Kissinger / Etgar Keret
Keret, one of Israel's most famous and successful writers, released this book (his second published work) in 1994. The book consists of 49 short stories, all depicting the true "Israeli Being".
02 Aye Pluto (Where is Pluto?) / Leah Goldberg
This is a children's book, arguably the most famous Israeli children's book of all time. The story follows the adventures of Pluto, a puppy from Kibbutz Meggido, who escapes from his owners and runs into all kinds of different characters and amusing situations. Every Israeli read this book growing up, time for you and your kids to see what the hype is all about!
03 Kitzur Toldot Haenoshut (A Brief History of Mankind) / Yuval Noah Harari
The book is based on Harari's (an Israeli history professor) series of lectures from the Hebrew University and has been translated into over 40 languages. In his book, Harari surveys the history of the human species, beginning around 70,000 years ago. This might sound like a heavy read, but we guarantee it is a lot more approachable than you would think, and a definite must on your reading list.
04 Hitganvut Yehidim / Yehoshua Kenaz
This timeless masterpiece depicts what life was like in the IDF in the 1950s and the early days of the Israeli state, through a number of characters, all from different socio-economic and social backgrounds. Through his writing, Kenaz tries to show a mirror reflecting life in Israeli society in those days.
05 Bishvilah Giborim Affim / Amir Gutfreund
The 2008 Israeli novel describes a relationship between five childhood friends, from the time after the Six-Day War in 1967, and up until the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yizhak Rabin in 1995. In 2018, a show carrying the same name hit the screens in Israel and gained a huge following and enormous success. The show is based on the last part of the book. This book is great if you want to understand a bit about the social changes Israel went through, with each major national event that took place.