The Ruined House: A Novel

Date: Jan 31, 2018 - Jan 31, 2018

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Sponsor: The Library

Category: Book Talks Library Events

A Discussion with Author Ruby Namdar

Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Ruby Namdar’s The Ruined House received the Sapir Prize, Israel’s most prestigious literary award. Now newly translated into English, Namdar’s tale of a man whose comfortable secular life begins to unravel in the face of haunting religious visions cuts to the core of contemporary Jewish-American identity.

“Strange and exhilarating. . . a masterpiece of modern religious literature, exactly as deep, disturbing and unresolved as is necessary to remind us, habituated as we are to the shallows of contemporary Jewish life, what still lurks beneath—primitive, raw and exacting.”—Josh Lambert, the New York Times


Admission to the book talk is free, but reservations are required. Please arrive early and have photo ID available.

This event is sponsored by The JTS Library. Dr. David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS, will serve as moderator.

About the Author

Ruby Namdar was born and raised in Jerusalem to a family of Iranian-Jewish heritage. His first book, Haviv (2000) won The Ministry of Culture’s Award for Best First Publication. His novel The Ruined House (2013) won the Sapir Prize, Israel’s most prestigious literary award. He currently lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters, and teaches Jewish literature, focusing on biblical and Talmudic narrative. The English edition of The Ruined House (translated by Hillel Halkin) was published in the United States by Harper Collins in November 2017.