About Adam L. Rovner

Adam Rovner is Zeek's translations editor. He currently serves as an assistant professor of English and Jewish Literature at the University of Denver. Adam is at work on a book describing proposals to create Jewish homelands prior to Israel's establishment.

Selichot in Krakow

By September 8, 2008

As the days of awe draw near, we recite penitential prayers–selichot–to seek forgiveness for our transgressions. In religious neighborhoods of Jerusalem during the month of Elul, the streets and alleyways come alive with figures shuffling through the early morning darkness … Read More

Israeli Fiction: ‘Form 630’–an excerpt from the novel “Wild North”

By August 7, 2008

The schlemiel–that bumbling, anxious, and cosmically inept antihero of much American Jewish literature–rarely finds his place in Israeli writing. Instead, modern Hebrew literature celebrates the mythic sabra, the altruistic, brave, and resourceful native-born Israeli. This is especially true in fiction … Read More

Israeli Fiction: “Laundry”

By July 2, 2008

Suzane Adam’s acclaimed novel, Laundry, reminds readers that childhood is all too often pervaded by fears, both real and imagined, both spoken and unspoken. In this lyric excerpt, a grown woman recalls the distant torments of her childhood in the … Read More

Israeli Fiction: “Everybody’s Autobiography Returns”

By June 9, 2008

One of the most impressive magazines to appear amidst the recent profusion of literary journals in Israel is Masmerim, meaning “nails.” Edited by publishing veterans, Masmerim features the same kind of high caliber writing and slick format of Britain's Granta. … Read More

Interview with Israeli Author Nava Semel

By May 1, 2008

Journalist and playwright Mordecai Manuel Noah's proto-Zionist scheme to settle a Jewish colony on Grand Island in New York met with resistance from both Jewish and Christian leaders when it was proposed in 1825. Though it sounds preposterous today, historians … Read More