Lev Raphael

January 22, 1999

Lev Raphael
The son of Holocaust survivors, Lev Raphael was one of the first of America's Second Generation writers and started publishing short stories about children of survivors in 1978. Many of these stories were collected in his award-winning book, Dancing on Tisha B'Av.

Lev Raphael is the author of seventeen books published in nearly a dozen languages, including two novels about survivors, Winter Eyes and The German Money, and a collection of Jewish memoirs and essays, Journeys & Arrivals. His most recent collection of stories, Secret Anniversaries of the Heart, was released in 2006, as well as Writing a Jewish Life: Memoirs. Raphael's fiction has been widely anthologized in the U.S. and Britain, most recently in the anthology Criminal Kabbalah, which contains Lev's latest story featuring a child of survivors: "Your Papers, Please."

Born and raised in New York City, he received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing and English at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he won the Harvey Swados Fiction Prize for a Holocaust-themed story later published in Redbook. Winner of the Reed Smith Fiction Prize and International Quarterly's Prize for Innovative Prose (judged by D. M. Thomas), Raphael holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Michigan State University. Raphael taught at the university level in New York, Massachusetts and Michigan for 13 years and the first course he designed was a multi-disciplinary study of the Holocaust. He left teaching over a decade ago to write and review full-time.

"Lev Raphael's stories are as thrilling as his thrillers, but for an entirely different set of reasons: the psychological perspicacity, good humor and deep empathy with which he approaches all the secret anniversaries of the heart—his lovely title—that make up his characters' wonderfully flawed humanity." -Jonathan Wilson, author of A Palestine Affair

For more information on Lev Raphael, please visit his website: http://www.levraphael.com

To view Special Collections' holdings of Raphael's work, please click here.

To hear Raphael read from his own work, please visit the Vincent Voice Library.

May 1, 2018 Update: Lev Raphael is the author of twenty-five books.

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