This Season Boasts Several New Translations from Yardenne Greenspan

Alumna Yardenne Greenspan '12 has three new translations out this fall. 

By
Jessie Shohfi
September 28, 2022

Alumna Yardenne Greenspan '12 has three new translations out this fall. 

Victorious, by celebrated Israeli writer Yishai Sarid, follows a psychologist who is ostensibly working to help traumatized soldiers heal from their shocking war-time experiences. Her real purpose is to serve the interests of the military, subtly training her patients to be better, more efficient killing machines. Her scruples are tested when her son comes of age, breaking down the walls she’s erected between her personal and professional lives, and throwing her world into disarray. Kirkus calls the novel “a quietly scathing indictment of military culture,” and a review from Blogcritics says, “Yardenne Greenspan’s straightforward translation preserves the tidy style that helps give this novel its subtle power.” This is Greenspan’s second collaboration with Sarid: her translation of The Memory Monster was a National Jewish Book Awards finalist and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Victorious is available for purchase now from Restless Books. 

In her new memoir, Seven Cats I Have Loved, Israeli poet Anat Levit finds herself in unforeseen circumstances. When dealing with the stress becomes overwhelming, her daughter suggests she adopt a cat. One cat quickly becomes seven, and the joys and trials of caring for her new pets takes Levit on a journey of personal reckoning. Seven Cats Have I Loved will be released on November 3 and is available for preorder from Serpent’s Tail Publishers.

The Realist: Last Day on Earth, by acclaimed Israeli cartoonist Asaf Hanuka, is the long-awaited third installment of the award-winning series. The comic, composed of single-page strips, uses real and imaginary scenes to convey the difficulties of parenting in the modern world while simultaneously striving to find the time and the inspiration to create meaningful art. In this excerpt, Hanuka demonstrates his attentiveness to everyday life, and his skill for finding the beauty, sadness, and humor within the quotidien. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called the series “a diverse and fascinating portrait of what life truly makes us.” The Realist: Last Day on Earth is available for purchase now through Bookshop.org. 

Yardenne Greenspan is a writer and Hebrew translator born in Tel Aviv and based in New York. Her translations have been published by Restless Books, St. Martin’s Press, Akashic, Syracuse University, New Vessel Press, Amazon Crossing, and Farrar, Straus & Giroux. She has worked with authors such as Amir Gutfreund, Yirmi Pinkus, Alex Epstein, Shimon Adaf, and Etgar Keret. Greenspan has been awarded residencies, grants, and accolades from Writers OMI, the American Literary Translators Association, and World Literature Today. Greenspan's writing and translations have appeared in The New Yorker, Haaretz, Guernica, Literary Hub, Blunderbuss, Apogee, The Massachusetts Review, Asymptote, and Words Without Borders, among other publications. She has an MFA from Columbia University and is a regular contributor to Ploughshares.