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Israeli Jewish, Arab authors collaborate on bilingual book

The ''two languages'' project, including a website and an anthology that was just published, was born out of the mutual curiosity of Jewish and Arab writers and editors about each other's literary scene, so unknown to either side.
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A new anthology of short stories and poetry (and a comic strip, too) is about to challenge Israeli readers, Jewish and Arab alike. The book, titled “Two: A Bilingual Anthology,” collects the writings of young Israeli authors, both Jewish and Arab, presenting each text in both Hebrew and Arabic.

“The very fact that you are holding a book and reading it in Hebrew, with a text in Arabic script on the facing page, or vice versa, is a very powerful experience. Even if you don’t read Arabic, when reading this book you can no longer remain oblivious to the fact that this is a place where people live and create in two languages,” said Anat Niv, editor-in-chief of the Keter Books publishing house, which released the book.

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