Lawmakers kicked off Hebrew Book Week by making recommendations Wednesday.
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein recommended a book of Haim Nachman Bialik's poems.
"I knew Bialik's works before I knew how to read Hebrew and before I knew he was considered the 'national poet.' When I was behind the Iron Curtain, I thirstily drank any material connected to Hebrew culture, and that is how I was exposed to translations of his writing," Edelstein recalled.
MK Eitan Broshi (Zionist Union), former Secretary-General of the Kibbutz Movement, recommended Meir Shalev's Russian Novel, because it "tells the story of working settlements in the Jezreel Valley with its nicer and less-nice sides.
"This is also my story. With clear Hebrew and precise descriptions, Meir Shalev brings me back to the happy days of my childhood. The little anecdotes remind me of the stories I heard in thee cowshed and the [kibbutz] dining room."