Aharon Megged: Foiglman

(Fiction, 277 pp. Hebrew, 1987; English translation, 2003)

When an Israeli historian agrees to find a translator for a passionate Yiddish poet and Holocaust survivor whom he barely knows, he unwittingly throws his marriage and personal life into tragic confusion.  Winner of a Koret Jewish Book Award, this rich novel of ideas concentrates on language and identity to play out the unresolved conflicts between the Israeli and the Diaspora Jew.