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Bilu, Dalya

Works: 56 works in 174 publications in 2 languages and 10,751 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Novels  Bildungsromans  Satire  History  Drama  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Translator, Author, Contributor
Classifications: PJ5054.G637, 892.436
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Dalya Bilu
The age of wonders by Aharon Apelfeld( Book )

8 editions published between 1981 and 2002 in English and held by 782 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 )

3 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 687 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 )

3 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a kibbutz in Israel, chief superintendent Michael Ohayon of the Serious Crime Unit investigates the murder of a beautiful woman killed by lethal insecticide. In part mystery, in part life on a kibbutz. By the author of Literary Murder
Open heart by Abraham B Yehoshua( Book )

8 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in English and held by 477 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?
Four mothers by Shifra Horn( Book )

6 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in English and held by 375 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
Six Israeli novellas by Ruth Almog( Book )

6 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and held by 323 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 )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 291 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
Love burns by ʻEdnah Mazya( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

He's addicted to Valium. And he's just discovered that his beautiful, young wife is having an affair with a longhaired recent immigrant from Soviet Russia who looks alarmingly like Nick Nolte. One false step sets off a chain of events that will send Ilan reeling
Love life by Tseruyah Shaleṿ( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and Vietnamese and held by 273 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
The sound of our steps : a novel by Ronit Matalon( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 266 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"--
Husband and wife by Tseruyah Shaleṿ( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 263 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
Dearest Anne : a tale of impossible love by Judith Katzir( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 258 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
Returning lost loves : a novel by Yehoshuʻa Ḳenaz( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 254 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
Textile by Orly Castel-Bloom( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 237 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" -- from publisher's web site
Infiltration by Yehoshuʻa Ḳenaz( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 231 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
Dolly City by Orly Castel-Bloom( Book )

5 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and held by 222 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
The confessions of Noa Weber : a novel by Gayil Harʼeven( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 220 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. Against the evocative setting of turbulent, modern day Israel, this examination becomes a quest to transform irrational desire into a greater, transcendent understanding of love. The Confessions of Noa Weber introduces a startlingly talented writer in a rich tale that illuminates the desires, yearnings, and complexities of life in Israel
Heatwave and crazy birds by Gavriʼelah Avigur-Rotem( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 131 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
Kin by Deror Burshṭain( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 92 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 both minimal and subtly off kilter, acclaimed Israeli novelist Dror Burstein introduces us to an Israel that is as peculiar, and poignant, as Donald Barthelme's America: ranging from an apocalyptic future to the petty annoyances of daily life, from shifting continents to tiny heartbreaks
Lily la tigresse : a melodrama by Alona Kimchi( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Holds up a comically warped mirror to contemporary Israel, as well as the very notion of 'chick lit.' Inhabiting a dark fairy-tale version of modern life, drawing equal inspiration from Angela Carter and the iconography of the classic horror movie, this is the story of Lily, our proudly overweight and romantically unlucky protagonist, who discovers a wild freedom in part through her friendship with a Russian prostitute"--Page 4 of cover
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Murder duet : a musical case
Alternative Names
Bilu, Dalya

Biylw Dalyah

בילו דליה

Murder duet : a musical caseMurder on a kibbutz : a communal caseOpen heartFour mothersSix Israeli novellasLove burnsLove lifeHusband and wife