Ram Oren

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Ram Oren (born 1936 in Tel Aviv) is a popular Israeli author who has sold an unprecedented 1 million books in Hebrew.[1][2]

Oren started writing books only at a relatively advanced age. At age 15, he began his journalistic career as a messenger boy for Yediot Aharonot. He advanced to editorship of important sections of the paper. He supplemented this work by studying law and working as a lawyer.

In 1994, he published his first book, Seduction (Keter Publishing). The book did not sell well at first, and was considered a commercial failure. Then Oren appeared on Dan Shilon's television show, the most popular Israeli talk show at the time. The appearance was a springboard for the book, which turned into one of Israel's most popular bestsellers ever. A movie adaptation was also successful.

Oren's success at the tills, nearly unprecedented in Israeli publishing, led him to found a publishing house, "Keshet".[1] The company advertises Oren's books as well as bestsellers by authors such as Shifra Horn, Irit Linoor, Shelly Yachimovich, and Koby Oz.

Oren's books are known for their fast pace and gripping plots. Since his first success, Oren tries to present a picture of various phenomena in the national culture, such as the seeking of eastern mysticism in ashrams. His books have been translated into several languages, including English and French.

Most of his books are in the detective fiction genre. In 2002 his first book presenting a historical episode was published, Latrun, employing his compelling, readable style. In 2004 he published another book in this category, Target: Tel Aviv, concerning the Egyptian Army's invasion of Israel in the War of Independence.


Lst of published books[3][4]

  • Seduction (suspense; 1994)
  • Framed (suspense; 1995)
  • Mark of Cain (suspense; 1996). English translation: Tel Aviv: Keshet, 1998, ISBN 965-90130-5-1.
  • Heart (suspense; 1997)
  • Shadow of Doubt (suspense; 1997)
  • Ashram (novel; 1998)
  • Live Ammunition (suspense; 1999)
  • Eve and Adam (novel; 2000)
  • Nude (suspense; 2000)
  • Love Behind Closed Doors (suspense; 2001)
  • Addiction and Other Stories (2002)
  • Latrun (historical novel; 2002)
  • African Princess (suspense; 2003)
  • The Heiress (suspense; 2004)
  • The Target: Tel Aviv (historical novel; 2004)
  • Little Sister (suspense; 2005)
  • My Lover, My Enemy (suspense; 2006)
  • Red Days (historical novel; 2006)
  • Gertruda's Oath (2008). English translation released by Doubleday in 2009
  • Chief of Staff (novel; 2007)
  • Ghosts (suspense; 2008)
  • Green Card (suspense; 2008)
  • From the Bible with Love (biblical stories; 2009)
  • Sylvia Rafael: The Life and Death of a Mossad Spy. With Moti Kfir. (biographical novel; 2010)
  • One Child Too Many (suspense; 2010)
  • Secrets (novel; 2011)
  • Double Identity (suspense; 2011)
  • Yearning Soul (historical novel; 2012)
  • Black Sheep (suspense; 2012)
  • The Red Scarf (historical novel; 2013)
  • Mother (novel; 2014)
  • Painful Love: Shiri (trilogy, part 1; 2014)
  • Painful Love: Danny (trilogy, part 2; 2015)
  • Painful Love: Amira (trilogy, part 3; 2015)
  • Live TV (novel; 2016)


  1. ^ a b "Ram Oren – Biography". Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  2. ^ Oren, Ram (10 June 2009). "Dudu Topaz's new book". Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  3. ^ "Ram Oren". The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature (ITHL). Retrieved 2016-11-28. 
  4. ^ "Ram Oren – books". Retrieved 2009-06-25. 

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