Famous Israeli Novelists

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Rula Jebreal
(Journalist and novelist)

Rula Jebreal
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Birthdate: April 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

Rula Jebreal is a Palestinian journalist, foreign policy analyst, novelist, and screenwriter. Her first novel Miral was adapted into a film of the same name. Directed by Julian Schnabel, Miral had Freida Pinto playing the title role.

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Amos Oz
(Writer, Linguist, Journalist, Novelist, Translator, Essayist, Educationist, University teacher, Children's writer)

Amos Oz
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Birthdate: May 4, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jerusalem

Originally called Amos Klausner, Oz Amos was an Israeli short story writer, novelist, essayist, and educator, known for his advocacy of two-state solution to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Professor Hebrew literature at Ben-Gurion University, he wrote forty books, many of which have been translated into forty-five languages, earning him  numerous international awards and honors, including Legion of Honour of France.

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Max Brod
(Former prolific writer best remembered as the friend and biographer of writer Franz Kafka)

Max Brod
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Birthdate: May 27, 1884
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
Died: December 20, 1968

Max Brod was a Czech German-speaking Jewish author, composer, and journalist. He studied law at the German Charles-Ferdinand University and proceeded to pursue a career as a journalist and composer. He worked as an editor and literary adviser for the Israeli national theatre for three decades. He was a close friend and biographer of writer Franz Kafka. 

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Shmuel Yosef Agnon
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Birthdate: July 17, 1888
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Buchach, Ukraine
Died: February 17, 1970

Nobel Prize-winning Israeli author Shmuel Yosef Agnon remains one of the most significant Hebrew authors of his time. Homeschooled by his parents, he published his first poem at 15. Best known for works such as A Guest for the Night and The Bridal Canopy, he was also inspired by German literature.

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Yehuda Amichai
(Former poet and author, one of the first to write in colloquial Hebrew in modern times)

Yehuda Amichai
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Birthdate: May 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Würzburg, Germany
Died: September 22, 2000

One of Israel’s most significant poets, Yehuda Amichai was born to Jewish parents in Germany and later moved to Jerusalem, where he fought for the British Army during World War II. His works, such as Now and in Other Days, carry themes of war, Jewish history, and the philosophy of life.

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Aharon Appelfeld
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Birthdate: February 16, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zhadova, near Czernowitz, Romania (now Ukraine)
Died: January 4, 2018

Israeli author Aharon Appelfeld was 8 when the Nazis captured him and his family. While he lost his mother to the Holocaust, he and his father were sent to a labor camp. After escaping the camp, he traveled to Ukraine and Palestine, took up odd jobs, and even studied philosophy.

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A. B. Yehoshua
(Israeli Faulkner)

A. B. Yehoshua
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Birthdate: December 19, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jerusalem

A. B. Yehoshua is an Israeli essayist, novelist, and playwright. He is one of the most influential and important personalities in the new wave generation of writers in Israel. Many of Yehoshua's works have been adapted for theatre, opera, television, and film. Over the years, he has received many awards, such as the Brenner Prize, Alterman Prize, and Israel Prize.

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Emile Habibi
(Writer)

Emile Habibi
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Birthdate: August 29, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haifa
Died: May 2, 1996

Palestinian-Israeli author Emile Habibi was not only a prominent figure in Arabic literature but also formed his own narrative style, known as the Habibian, mixing storytelling and activism. A fine politician, too, he was part of the Knesset. He was also awarded the Israel Prize for Arabic literature.

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Yoram Kaniuk
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Birthdate: May 2, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Died: June 8, 2013

Israeli author Yoram Kaniuk wrote about varied topics, such as the Holocaust and the 1948 war. Though born into an elite family, he joined the Palmach during the War of Independence and was wounded. A multidimensional man, he also studied painting and indulged in gambling and adventure in the US.

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S. Yizhar
(Writer)

S. Yizhar
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Birthdate: September 27, 1916
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Reḥovot, Israel
Died: August 21, 2006

Yizhar Smilansky, better known by his pen name, S. Yizhar, was born into a family of writers and later grew up to be one of the most significant figures of Israeli literature. The Israel Prize winner is known for his varied books, including war literature and children’s books.

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Amos Kenan
(Columnist)

Amos Kenan
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Birthdate: May 2, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tel Aviv–Yafo, Israel
Died: August 4, 2009

Israeli author and artist Amos Kenan was born to a construction worker father and dropped out of high school to join a Zionist movement. Part of the Canaanite movement, he penned a satirical column and plays that were inspired by the theater of the absurd. He was also a talented sculptor.

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Doron Rabinovici
(Writer, historian and essayist)

Doron Rabinovici
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Birthdate: December 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

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Amalia Kahana-Carmon
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Birthdate: October 18, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ein Harod, Israel
Died: January 16, 2019

Israel Prize-winning author Amalia Kahana-Carmon soared to fame with her first collection of tales, Under One Roof, which was later touted as one of the greatest additions to Hebrew literature. Her themes mostly deal with the plight of women in male-dominated societies. She had also been a radio operator and a librarian.