At 84, Aharon Megged is one of Israel's most celebrated novelists (winner of the 2003 Israel Prize for Literature) and cultural critics. His masterful novel, Foiglman (first published in Hebrew in 1987), explores major conflicts underlying Israeli society through characters that seem so real we can imagine them in our living rooms.
Zvi Arbel, a professor of Jewish history at Tel Aviv University, leads a comfortable life with his wife Nora, a research biologist, and their grown son Yoav, a career army officer.
David Bezmozgis, a 31-year-old Canadian writer, takes us inside the world of Russian Jewish immigrants--a community that he knows well, having emigrated with his parents from Latvia to Toronto in 1983 when he was six years old. Bezmozgis' narrator, Mark Berman, recalls painful and amusing episodes in the lives of newcomers to this North American city as they struggle to adjust to a new culture. "At least in Russia you know who to bribe," Mark quips.