Haim Watzman — Translation

My translations of non-fiction books by top Israeli writers and scholars are published by leading trade and university presses. I don’t deal with Japanese translations because they are not my forte. Article translations on a wide range of subjects have appeared in major academic journals and general periodicals such as The New Yorker and The New York Times.

See my Zoom talk on translation with Akin Ajayi of The Tel Aviv Review of Books for the National Library of Israel.

220px-Vladimir_NabokovIn the preface to the English translation of his novel Invitation to a Beheading– translated by the author’s son under the direction of the author himself – Vladimir Nabokov states unambiguously that a translator’s faithfulness to his author is a supreme obligation even if the product is ludicrous: continued …

Haim’s translations of Hebrew short fiction

Heirs” by Amos Oz, The New Yorker, Jan. 22, 2007.

Next to the Traffic Signal, Under the Streetlight,” by Nurit Kotler, Zeek, Summer 2010

Haim publishes occasional poetry translations from the Hebrew here on SoJo:

North of Boston” by Shahar Bram

My Wife Watches Me” by Giora Fisher


Support Independent Bookstores - Visit IndieBound.org Tal Elmaliach, Hakibbutz Ha’artzi, Mapam, and the Demise of the Israeli Labor Movement, Syracuse University Press, 2019

Support Independent Bookstores - Visit IndieBound.org Nir Kedar, Law and Identity in Israel: A Century of Debate, Cambridge University Press, 2019

Support Independent Bookstores - Visit IndieBound.orgTom Segev, A State at Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2019

Support Independent Bookstores - Visit IndieBound.orgEli Yassif, The Legend of Safed: Life and Fantasy in the City of Kabbalah, Wayne State University Press, 2019

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Joseph Heller, The United States, the Soviet Union and the Arab-Israeli conflict, 1948-67: Superpower Rivalry, Manchester University Press, 2018

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Lilach Rosenberg-Friedman, Birthrate Politics in Zion: Judaism, Nationalism, and Modernity under the British Mandate, Indiana University Press, 2017

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Orit Rozin, A Home for All Jews: Citizenship, Rights, and National Identity in the New Israeli State, Brandeis, 2016

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Margalit Shilo, Girls of Liberty: The Struggle for Suffrage in Mandatory Palestine, Brandeis, 2016

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Daniel Friedmann, The Purse and the Sword: The Trials of Israel’s Legal Revolution, Oxford University Press, 2016

Support Independent Bookstores - Visit IndieBound.orgYuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Harper, 2015 (editor)

Hillel Cohen, Year Zero of the Israel-Arab Conflict, Brandeis University Press, 2015

Itamar Radai, Palestinians in Jerusalem and Jaffa, 1948, Routledge Studies in the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 2015

Tuvia Friling,
A Jewish Kapo in Auschwitz: History, Memory, and the Politics of Survival
, The Schusterman Series in Israel Studies, Brandeis, 2014.

Support Independent Bookstores - Visit IndieBound.orgEphraim Shoham-Steiner,
On the Margins of a Minority: Leprosy, Madness, and Disability among the Jews of Medieval Europe
, Wayne State University Press, 2014

Shlomo Avineri, Herzl: Theodor Herzl and the Foundation of the Jewish State, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2013
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Eran Rolnik, Freud in Zion: Psychoanalysis and the Making of Modern Jewish Identity, Routledge, 2012

Anat Helman,
Young Tel Aviv: A Tale of Two Cities
, The Schusterman Series in Israel Studies, Brandeis, 2012.

mkomot_shmurim(4)Tamar El-Or, Reserved Seats: Religion, Gender, and Ethnicity in Contemporary Israel, available for download on the author’s website, 2012

Orit Rozin, The Rise of the Individual in 1950s Israel: A Challenge to Collectivism, The Schusterman Series in Israel Studies, Brandeis, 2011.

Boaz Neumann, Land and Desire in Early Zionism, The Schusterman Series in Israel Studies, Brandeis, 2011.

Gilad Margalit, Guilt, Suffering, and Memory: Germany Remembers its Dead of World War II, Indiana University Press, 2010.

Hillel Cohen, Good Arabs: The Israeli Security Agencies and the Israeli Arabs, University of California Press, 2010.

Menachem Klein, The Shift: Israel-Palestine from Border Struggle to Ethnic Conflict, Columbia University Press, 2010.

Yoram Bilu, The Saints’ Impresarios: Dreamers, Healers, and Holy Men in Israel’s Urban Periphery, Academic Studies Press, 2009.

Menachem Klein, A Possible Peace Between Israel and Palestine: An Insider’s Account of the Geneva Initiative, Columbia University Press, 2007.

Hillel Cohen, Army of Shadows: Palestinian Collaboration with Zionism, 1917-1948, University of California Press, 2009.

Yaacov Lozowick, Hitler’s Bureaucrats: The Nazi Security Police and the Banality of Evil, Bloomsbury Academic, 2002.

Menachem Klein , The Jerusalem Problem: The Struggle for Permanent Status, University Press of Florida, 2003.

David Grossman, Death as a Way of Life: From Oslo to the Geneva Accord , Picador, 2004.

Igal Sarna, The Man Who Fell Into a Puddle: Israeli Lives, Vintage, 2004.

Tom Segev , Elvis in Jerusalem: Post-Zionism and the Americanization of Israel, Picador, 2002.

Tamar El-Or, Next Year I Will Know More: Literacy and Identity among Young Orthodox Women in Israel, Wayne State University Press, 2002.

Menachem Klein, Jerusalem: The Contested City, Hurst/NYU Press, 2001.

Tom Segev , One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate, Picador, 2001.

Oz Almog, The Sabra: A Portrait, California University Press, 2000.

Tamar El-Or, Tamar El-Or, Educated and Ignorant: On Ultra-Orthodox Women andTheir World, Lynne Reinner, 1993.

David Grossman, Sleeping on a Wire, Farrar Straus, 1993.

Tom Segev, The Seventh Million: Israelis and the Holocaust, Picador, 2000.

Tom Segev , Soldiers of Evil: The Commandants of the Nazi Concentration Camps , Harper Collins, 1990
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David Grossman, The Yellow Wind, Farrar Straus, 1988.