Xargol Books was established in 1998 by Dan Daor, translator and editor, and Jonathan Nadav, former editor for Schocken Books and Mapa Publishers. Since the publication of the first title, The Monk and the Philosopher, by Jean-Francois Revel and Matthieu Ricard, Xargol Books has published over 180 titles - fiction and non-fiction, both originally written in Hebrew and in translation into Hebrew from English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, German and more.
In 2003 Xargol Books started its Hebrew Prose Series, Xargol Plus, edited by Eli Hirsh, which has quickly set itself in the front row of contemporary Hebrew literature.
From January 2006 until the end of April 2013, Xargol Books had an agreement of cooperation with Am Oved Publishers.
From May 2013 Xargol Books continues to operate in the same manner with Modan Publishers. Xargol Books will conitnue to operate as an independent company and will maintain its editorial board and independence.
"Xargol Books reveals itself once again, in this book (In an Antique Land, by Amitav Ghosh) as well, not only in the quality of its final products (such a book requires serious scientific and linguistic editing), but also in the ability to vary its titles - from "light" quality books to "heavy" books that are not self important to the point of vacuity…"
"Xargol Books has made last year the clean move from a small quality niche publishing to a medium size publisher without compromising on quality, and at the same time has won one Sappir prize, made interesting discoveries in Hebrew fiction, and inaugurated a good new series, Xargol Plus, headed by Eli Hirsh…"
The year is 1840 and the location Damascus, a vivid and sensual city and yet full of hatred and fear. Following an intimate meeting between the Italian monk Tomasso and Aslan Farhi, a young Jew of a rich merchant family, the Jewish community is accused of murdering the monk in order to use his blood for the Passover rite. » more