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An X-Ray Burst (Love Burns)

Edna Mazya
Suspense, psychological drama and bizarre comedy combine in a novel which many will find difficult to put down. The unique cast of characters includes a forty-eight-year-old professor of astro-physics obsessed with his beautiful and very young wife, the professor's tough mother and his shrewd childhood friend, Anton, an Arab police detective. Ilan, the professor, discovers that his wife Naomi is having an affair and follows her to her lover's hideaway. Terrified of losing her in a confrontation, and after endless dithering, he confronts the man instead. Their meeting climaxes with the unpremeditated murder of the lover; the unlikely murder weapon is Ilan's pipe. In total desperation, Ilan spills the story to his mother who comes to his rescue. They despose of the body in the fresh grave of Ilan's kindergarten teacher.The body is discovered, but the older woman (who is suffering from a terminal illness) commits suicide and leaves behind a note claiming that she murdered her daughter-in-law's lover. The happy ending is inevitable, with Ilan and the now loving Naomi expecting a baby.

Highly recommended.
Madame Figaro

A completely meshugge novel from Israel about relationships, strongly reminiscent of John Irving at his best. Excellent entertainment, pitch black humour, a paranoid hero and finally the recognition: Mother is the best.
Die Woche 

A most enjoyable, though macabre romp rendered into admirably fluent and idiomatic English by the translator. It is also a work of some literary stature... Splendid. 
Sydney Morning Herald

A surprisingly fresh, deeply sardonic debut novel from a famed Israeli playwright… Mazya skillfully conveys a personality in collapse, while satirizing every one of the clichés to which it succumbs.
Publishers Weekly

Mazya_An X-Ray Burst
Title An X-Ray Burst (Love Burns)
Author’s Last Name Mazya
Author's First Name Edna
Language(s) English, German, French, Italian
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1997
No. Pages 174 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Hitpartzut X
Representation Represented by ITHL


German: Cologne, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2001; pback: 2003
Italian: Rome, edizioni e/o, 2001
English: Sydney, Picador /Pan Macmillan, 2005; New York, Europa, 2006
French: Paris, Liana Levi, 2008
Congratulations to Zeruya Shalev and Shifra Horn for receiving the 2017 Adei Wizo Prize.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award! The books on the longlist are selected by 400 libraries worldwide. Titles are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library.
The second edition of the Letters of Israel festival will take place in Paris from September 8 to 18, 2017
After the success of its first edition, the Lettres d'Israël festival is gaining momentum, with an enriched program: meetings, conversations, readings , Theater, major authors and discoveries. Zeruya Shalev, Orly Castel-bloom, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Iris Argaman, and many more will participate. Click here for the full program:
Call for application: Artists in Residence Programme in Austria. Please note the deadline: September 18th, 2017.
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies to visual artists / art photographers / composers / video and media artists / writers / literary translators and arts and cultural educators in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2018. For more details:
Yizhak Mayer: "Meet the Author" Event
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ITHL director on Grossman's win
"Grossman winning is not only his own achievement, but the achievement of the Hebrew literature as a whole", - Nilli Cohen on the first Hebrew author to receive Man Booker International Prize. Click here for the full article in Hebrew.
Chana Bloch dies at 77
Chana Bloch, a revered poet and translator from Hebrew and Yiddish, has sadly passed away earlier this month. Among her many remarkable achievements is the wonderful translation of a collection of poems by Dahlia Ravikovitch​ (W. W. Norton & Company). Chana will be greatly missed.
Yitzchak Mayer's personal website goes live
English edition of Yitzchak Mayer's amazing "Silent Letter" is about to come out with Mosaic Press. Learn more about the author's incredible life story on his brand new website.
Dayan on feminism and writing
Following the release of "Transitions" in English, Yael Dayan talks to Lilith Magazine about her past aspirations and present pursuits. Click here to read the full interview.
Gundar-Goshen's Op-Ed for Time
To mark the US publication of "Waking Lions" Ayelet Gundar-Goshen talks about the refugee crisis, internal walls and people behind them in the op-ed for Time. Click here to read the article.
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