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Bilu, Dalya

Works: 58 works in 205 publications in 2 languages and 10,084 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  History  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Novels  Short stories  Bildungsromans  Satirical literature  Allegories 
Roles: Translator, Contributor, Author
Classifications: PJ5054.A755, 892.436
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Dalya Bilu
Textile by Orly Castel-Bloom( )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,069 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A wealthy Israeli family is at a precipice in their lives in this nuanced, contemporary novel. As Amanda Gruber, the matriarch of the family, undergoes an invasive cosmetic procedure, Lirit, her rebellious daughter, takes over operations at the family's pajama factory. Her brother Dael serves in the Israeli Army as a sniper, while Irad, their neglectful father, a genius scientist, travels to the United States to conduct research on flak jackets. Each family member is pulled in conflicting directions, forced to examine their contentious relationships to one another. With surprising humor, Textile details the gradual disintegration of a family strained by distance and the corrosive effects of militarism and consumerism"--Publisher's web site
Badenheim 1939 by Aharon Apelfeld( Book )

8 editions published between 1980 and 2005 in English and held by 836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sampling of Jewish middle class life arrives at a resort town near Vienna in 1939 along with the bland inspectors from the "Sanitation department."
The age of wonders by Aharon Apelfeld( Book )

10 editions published between 1981 and 2002 in English and held by 758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the response of two generations of a Jewish family to the anit-Semitism of the Nazis in an Austrian town
Murder duet : a musical case by Batya Gur( Book )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detective Michael Ohayon investigates two murders in the world of classical music in Jerusalem. The victims are two musicians, a father and son, and the crime is connected to a recently discovered requiem by Vivaldi
Murder on a kibbutz : a communal case by Batya Gur( Book )

5 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Israeli policeman Michael Ohayon must once again solve a murder that has taken place within a complex, closed society: the kibbutz. Told repeatedly that "one who hasn't lived on a kibbutz can't possibly understand life there," Ohayon becomes increasingly determined to penetrate the spirit of this world
Open heart by Abraham B Yehoshua( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Israeli surgeon is asked by his director to treat his daughter and in the process falls in love with the director's wife. After a one-night stand she dismisses him, but he can't forget her, so when he has to perform heart surgery on the director he wonders, save him or not save him?
Dolly City by Orly Castel-Bloom( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The accumulation of all our urban nightmares, Doctor Dolly (certified by the University of Katmandu) finds a newborn baby in a black pastic bag, and decides to become a mother. Overcome by unfamiliar maternal urges, Dolly dispenses with her private lab of rare diseases and turns all her surgical passion onto her son. Ceaselessly cutting and sewing, Dolly is the scalpel-wielding version of the all-too-familiar Jewish mother archetype, forever operating upon her son with destructive, invasive love. In this grotesque satire of war and the defensive measures taken to survive it, Orly Castel-Bloom ... turns her own scalpel upon that most holy of institutions, the myth of motherhood--and its implications in the life of a nation"--Publisher description
Six Israeli novellas by Ruth Almog( Book )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection featuring novellas by prominent Israeli writers. They range from Aharon Appelfeld's In the Isles of St. George, which is on a wandering blackmarketeer, to David Grossman's Yani on the Mountain, on the social cost of Israel's militarization
Lies, first person by Gayil Harʼeven( Book )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Elinor's comfortable life--popular newspaper column, stable marriage, well-adjusted kids--is totally upended when she finds out that her estranged uncle is coming to Jerusalem to give a speech asking forgiveness for his decades-old book, Hitler, First Person. A shocking novel that galvanized the Jewish diaspora. Hitler, First Person, was Aaron Gotthilf's attempt to understand--and explain--what it would have been like to be Hitler. As if that isn't disturbing enough, while writing this controversial novel, Gotthilf stayed in Elinor's parent's house and sexually assaulted her 'slow' sister. In the time leading up to Gotthilf's visit, Elinor will relive the reprehensible events of that time so long ago, over and over, compulsively, while building up the courage--and plan--to avenge her sister in the most conclusive way possible: by murdering Gotthilf, her own personal Hilter"--Page 4 of cover
Heatwave and crazy birds by Gavriʼelah Avigur-Rotem( )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When her archeologist father died, Loya Kaplan left Israel seemingly for good, severing all ties to her past. Twenty-five years later, she's a flight attendant without friends or family, happiest in the temporary and artificial world of airports. Sleepwalking through life, Loya is summoned back to Israel following the death of Davidi, her father's nemesis
Four mothers by Shifra Horn( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Israeli woman investigates her family's curse of the disappearing husband. Five generations of women found themselves abandoned by their husbands and the latest, Amal, is curious to know what they did to deserve it. A look at the changing role of Israeli women this century. A first novel
Husband and wife by Tseruyah Shaleṿ( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With "Love Life, " which "The Washington Post Book World" called "a brutally honest and often brilliant tour of individual and family psychology, " Shalev achieved literary stardom. In her newest offering she takes readers into the heartbreak and compromise of a diseased marriage that may or may not be capable of healing
Kin by Deror Burshṭain( )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emil, the unwanted child of two young parents, is adopted by Yoel and Leah, a childless couple. Yet, as the years pass, it becomes clear that Emil doesn't bear much resemblance to the parents who've loved and raised him. Is his name the only thing his real parents have left him? Kin traces the movements of Emil and his four parents as they walk through the same city, nearby but apart, searching for each other in the faces of passersby; until Yoel, now old, becomes determined to do the impossible: return his grown son—a lonely man approaching middle age—to his birth parents. In prose that is bo
Love life by Tseruyah Shaleṿ( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and Vietnamese and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a survey of contemporary Israeli literature, "The New York Times Book Review" singled out "Love Life, " Zeruya Shalev's bold and intensely visceral novel of a young married woman's impassioned affair with an older man, which spent 16 weeks as Israel's number-one bestseller
Love burns by ʻEdnah Mazya( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thank heavens mother is around to sort through the broken pieces of Ilan's existence and put everything nicely back together again. Mother knows best, even when it comes to murder."--Jacket
The sound of our steps : a novel by Ronit Matalon( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the beginning there was Lucette, who is the mother to three children--Sammy, a gentle giant, almost blind, but a genius with locks; Corinne, a flighty beauty who cannot keep a job; and "the child," an afterthought, who strives to make sense of her fractured Egyptian-Jewish immigrant family. Lucette's children would like a kinder, warmer home, but what they have is a government-issued concrete box, out in the thorns and sand on the outskirts of Tel Aviv; and their mother, hard-worn and hardscrabble, who cleans homes by night and makes school lunches by day. Lucette quarrels with everybody, speaks only Arabic and French, is scared only of snakes, and is as likely to lock her children out as to take in a stray dog. The child recounts her years in Lucette's house, where Israel's wars do not intrude and hold no interest. She puzzles at the mysteries of her home, why her father, a bitter revolutionary, makes only rare appearances. And why her mother rebuffs the kind rabbi whose home she cleans in his desire to adopt her. Always watching, the child comes to fill the holes with conjecture and story. In a masterful accumulation of short, dense scenes, by turns sensual, violent, and darkly humorous, The Sound of Our Steps questions the virtue of a family bound only by necessity, and suggests that displacement may not lead to a better life, but perhaps to art"--
Returning lost loves : a novel by Yehoshuʻa Ḳenaz( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The characters are true to life and the situations honest in this dark but often comic novel: a beautiful woman is involved in a torrid affair; a young soldier has run away front the army; an old Ashkenazi tries to keep Sephardic newcomers out of his apartment house; and a paralyzed elderly man depends on his Filipino maid
Dearest Anne : a tale of impossible love by Judith Katzir( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores an attachment between a teenager and her married teacher, Michaela, in the 1970's Isreal. She returns to attend Michaela's funeral decades later. Now a mother, wife and established author she decides to confront her adolescent self through diary entries addressed to Anne Frank
The confessions of Noa Weber : a novel by Gayil Harʼeven( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Acclaimed author Noa Weber has a successful "feminist" life: a strong career, a wonderful daughter she raised alone, and she is a recognized and respected cultural figure. Yet her interior life is bound by her obsessive love for one man--Alek, a Russian emigré and the father of her child, who has drifted in and out of her life. Trying to understand--as well as free herself from--this lifelong obsession, Noa turns her pen on herself, and with relentless honesty dissects her life in Israel
Infiltration by Yehoshuʻa Ḳenaz( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Regarded in Israel as a modern masterpiece," Infiltration follows follows a diverse platoon of young Israeli recruits with minor disabilities--heart murmurs, epilepsy--though basic training against a backdrop of nation-building. The process, seen through the eyes of one recruit who tries desperately to survive by staying emotionally removed, culminates in an arduous drill somewhere in the desert where each recruit is put through a simulated battle experience. But the real confrontation with death comes when one recruit fails to survive and another commits suicide. Author Yehoshua Kenaz offers a pitiless portrayal of military life and the casualties that occur in and out of battle. Although set in the 1950s, "Infiltration explores timeless themes of loss and innocence
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Badenheim 1939
The age of wondersMurder duet : a musical caseMurder on a kibbutz : a communal caseOpen heartDolly CitySix Israeli novellasHeatwave and crazy birdsFour mothers
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Bilu, Dalya

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