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Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University

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Hear from author Moshe Sakal as he discusses this "richly evocative" novel.


Supported by the generosity of the Appel Family.


Moshe Sakal is the author of five Hebrew novels, including THE DIAMOND SETTER, published in NYC in 2018 (translated by Man Booker Prize winner, Jessica Cohen), the best-selling YOLANDA, which was short-listed for the Sapir Prize and was published in France in 2012, and MY SISTER, which was long-listed in 2016.Sakal's novel THE DIAMOND SETTER was named one of TimeOut New York’s “11 Books You Will Want to Binge-Read This Month,” and Entertainment Weekly has called “[An] essential read…[one] of 2018’s biggest titles…a vital depiction of queer life in the Middle East.” Moshe Sakal was born in Tel-Aviv into a Syrian-Egyptian Jewish family. He has been awarded the title of Honorary Fellow in Writing by the University of Iowa, the Eshkol Prize for his work, and a Fulbright grant. Sakal lived six years in Paris, France. He currently lives in Jaffa.
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