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Rafi Zabor

Rafi Zabor
Born Joel Zaborovsky
(1946-08-22) August 22, 1946 (ageĀ 67)
Occupation novelist, music critic
Nationality United States
Notable work(s) The Bear Comes Home
Notable award(s) PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
1998 The Bear Comes Home

Rafi Zabor (born Joel Zaborovsky,[1] August 22, 1946[2]) is a Brooklyn, New York music journalist- and musician-turned-novelist. A graduate of Brooklyn College, Zabor became a jazz critic for Musician in 1977, and later became an editor for the magazine.[3] He received the 1998 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for his first novel, The Bear Comes Home, which follows an alto saxophonist - who happens to be a bear - in his pursuit of musical perfection.[4] Zabor's second book, the memoir I, Wabenzi, was commercially unsuccessful and met with mixed critical response.[3] In 2008, Zabor received an NEA Literature Fellowship.[3] He is reportedly working on a new novel, to be titled The Bosphorus Dogs.[5] Zabor is also a jazz drummer.[1][3]


  • The Bear Comes Home (1997)
  • I, Wabenzi (2005)


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  • Words Without Borders

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