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Zeruya Shalev

Leading author Zeruya Shalev was born at Kibbutz Kinneret. She has an MA in Biblical studies and works as a literary editor at Keter Publishing House. Her novels Love Life, Husband and Wife (nominated in 2002 for Prix Femina), Late Family  (Thera) and The Remains of Love have received critical acclaim both in Israel and abroad and have been bestsellers in several countries. 

Love Life is included in Der Spiegel's prestigious list of "20 Best Novels in World Literature" over the last 40 years, together with Saul Bellow, J. M. Coetzee and Philip Roth. Husband and Wife was included in the French Fnac list of the "200 Best Books of the Decade." The Remains of Love won the French prestigious Prix Femina Etranger (2014). The novel was also featured in The Independent's Books of the Year in Translation (2013) and was nominated for the Prix Medicis in the category of foreign literature (France, 2014).
Shalev has been awarded the Book Publishers Association's Gold and Platinum Prizes for her bestselling novels, the Corine Prize (Germany, 2001), the Amphi Award (France, 2003), the ACUM Prize twice (1997; 2005), the French Wizo Prize (2007), the Welt-Literature Prize (Germany, 2012), the Prime Minister's Prize (2014) the Rome-Jerusalem Prize (Italy, 2014), the Prix Femina (France, 2014), the ADEI-WIZO Prize (Italy, 2017) and the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature (Switzerland, 2019) for Pain. A feature film of Love Life, produced in Germany, was released in 2008, and in 2017 she received the prestigious French Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres decoration. Her books have been published in 27 languages.

A writer of elemental powers, whose coursing language washes up fragments from the deepest recesses of human existence.
Die Welt

Zeruya Shalev is an archeologist of the soul.
Le Monde

“Zeruya Shalev is one of my favorite contemporary writers, her work always spiky and original, and Pain is a searing book, a wild and ravenous story of family entanglement and impossible yearning.”

Lauren Groff, author of Florida and Fates and Furies


“Shalev reminds readers in keen, often brilliant prose that love, like pain, is indelible…a riveting exploration of family, sex and motherhood.”

New York Times Book Review

“Always incisive on the complexities of family and relationship dynamics…Shalev plunges the reader into a whirlwind story of impossible choices.”

The Guardian, Best New Books in Translation

“Shalev is a vivid and impassioned writer.”

Kirkus Reviews

“With its heady musings on what makes love pure, Pain is a blistering novel that pits passion against ordinary commitments.”

Foreword Reviews

“A complex meditation on the intricate ripples of cause and effect in our lives.”


“A midlife crisis novel with a lot of meditation over choice and chance and how they impact what follows, this story by Shalev…effectively depicts contemporary Israeli life.”

Library Journal





Zeruya Shalev

Books in Translation

Russian: Moscow, Gesharim/Mosti Kulturi, 2000

Dutch: Amsterdam, Vassallucci, 1999; pback: 2000
French: Paris, Gallimard, 2000; pback: Paris, Gallimard/Folio, 2005
Italian: Milan, Frassinelli, 2000; Mondolibri, 2001
German: Berlin, Berlin Verlag, 2000; pback: 2001; Berlin, Berliner Taschenbuch, 2003; Book Club: Berlin, RM Buch &   Medien, 2001; pback: 2006; Hamburg, Spiegel, 2007; with Husband and Wife & Late Family, Berlin Taschenbuch, 2010
English: New York, Grove/Atlantic, 2000; Edinburgh, Canongate, 2001
Greek: Athens, Patakis, 2001
Spanish: Barcelona, Galaxia Gutenberg, 2001; 2004; Barcelona, Punto de Lectura, forthcoming
Portuguese: Lisbon, Presenca, 2001; Rio de Janeiro, Imago, 2002 
Turkish: Istanbul, Dogan, 2001; 2009
Norwegian: Oslo, Aschehoug, 2002 
Czech: Prague, Eroica, 2003
Polish: Warsaw, WAB, 2003, 2004; 2008
Slovenian: Krize, Ucila, 2003
Japanese: Tokyo, Fuso, 2004
Chinese (complex): Taipei, Wisdom & Knowledge, 2004
Chinese (simplified): Beijing, People's Literature Pub., 2006
Croatian: Zapresic, Fraktura, 2007
Malayalam: Kottayam, DC Books, 2009
Vietnamese: Hanoi, Bach Viet, 2009
Romanian: Bucharest, Humanitas, 2009; pback, 2010 
Bulgarian: Plovdiv, Janet 45, 2015
Azeri: Baku, Alatoran, 2016
HungarianBudapest, Libri Kiadó, 2017

Lithuanian: Vilnius, Sofoklis, 2017

Russian: Text, Moscow, 2019

Romanian: Bucharest, Humanitas, 2020



German: Berlin, Berlin Verlag, 2001; pback: 2002; Brigitte, 2010; with Love Life & Late Family, Berlin Taschenbuch, 2010
French: Paris, Gallimard, 2001; pback: Gallimard/Folio, 2004
Italian: Milan, Frassinelli, 2001; Mondolibri, 2001 
English: New York, Grove, 2002; pback: 2004; Edinburgh, Canongate, 2002; pback: 2005
Dutch: Amsterdam, Cossee, 2002
Korean: Seoul, Prunsoop, 2002
Spanish: Barcelona, Galaxia Gutenberg, 2002; 2004
Turkish: Istanbul, Dogan, 2003; 2009
Polish: Warsaw, WAB, 2004; 2008
Slovenian: Krize, Ucila, 2004
Norwegian: Oslo, Aschehoug, 2005
Greek: Athens, Patakis, 2005
Romanian: Bucharest, Polirom, 2008
Vietnamese: Hanoi, Bach Viet, 2009
Croatian: Zapresic, Fraktura, 2009

Azeri: Baku, Alatoran, 2019

Italian: Milan, Mondadori, 2004
GermanWeinheim, Beltz & Gelberg, 2006
French: Paris, L'Ecole des Loisirs, 2009
Spanish: Mexico City, Castillo, 2013

German: Berlin, Berlin Verlag, 2005; audio: 2005; Book Club: Berlin, RM Buch & Medien, 2006; pback: Berlin, Berliner   Taschenbuch, 2007; Vienna, Ueberreuter, 2007; with Love Life & Husband and Wife, Berlin Taschenbuch, 2010
Dutch: Amsterdam, Cossee, 2006
French: Paris, Gallimard, 2007; pback: Gallimard/Folio, 2008
Italian: Milan, Frassinelli, 2007
Polish: Warsaw, WAB, 2008; pback: 2008
Turkish: Istanbul, Dogan, 2008
Vietnamese: Hanoi, Bach Viet, 2009
Spanish: Barcelona, Circulo de Lectores/Galaxia Gutenberg, 2010
English: New York/London, Toby Press, 2010
Romanian: Bucharest, Polirom, 2010
Croatian: Zapresic, Fraktura, 2012
Greek: Athens, Patakis, 2012
Azeri: Baku, Alatoran, 2019

German: Berlin, Berlin Verlag, 2012; pback: Berlin Taschenbuch, 2013

Dutch: Cossee, Amsterdam, 2012

Romanian: Polirom, Bucharest, 2012

Italian: Feltrinelli, Milan, 2013

English: Bloomsbury, New York/London, 2013

Polish: WAB, Warsaw, 2013

Portuguese: Bertrand Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, forthcoming

Turkish: Can, Istanbul, 2013

Spanish: Siruela, Madrid, 2016

French: Gallimard, Paris, 2014; Folio/Gallimard, Paris, 2016

Portuguese: Amadora, Portugal, 2020/Elsinore, 2018

Romanian: Bucharest, Polirom, 2012

German: Berlin, Berlin Verlag, 2015

French: Paris, Gallimard, 2017; pb, Folio, 2018

Polish: Warsaw, WAB, 2016

Romanian: Bucharest, Polirom, 2016

Dutch: Amsterdam, Cossee, 2016

Italian: Milan, Feltrinelli, 2016

Chinese: Beijing, People's Literature, forthcoming

Portuguese: Portugal, 2020/Elsinore, 2019

Russian: Moscow Sinbad, forthcoming

English: New York, Other Press, 2019

Lithuanian: Vilnius, Sofoklis, 2019

Czech: Prague, Prah,2021

Turkish: Istanbul, Alkarga,2022

Bulgarian: Plovdiv, Janet 45, forthcoming

Italian: Milan, Feltrinelli,2022

Romanian: Bucharest, Humanitas,2022

Spanish: Barcelona, Acantilado, forthcoming

Albanian: Tirana, Ombra, forthcoming


German: Berlin, Berlin Verlag, forthcoming

French: Paris, Gallimard, forthcoming

Polish: Warsaw, Foksal, forthcoming

Czech: Pague, Prah, forthcoming

Italian: Milan,  Feltrinelli, forthcoming

Romanian: Bucharest, Humanitas, forthcoming