Hello there

Nice to meet you! I am Ilse Josepha Lazaroms.


I believe in the power of words and the ability of a story to create a different reality and illuminate new meanings. This is why I am a writer, editor, and translator of academic texts and literary fiction. I am also a historian of modern European history and Jewish history.


In my travels and scholarship, I have lived in and explored the societies of many countries, gradually becoming multilingual. Gathering my knowledge and talents as a wordsmith, I have established Azarel Press, which is the result of twenty years of experience in the academic and literary worlds, my love of words, scholarship, and books, and the desire to chisel words into their purest form.

Besides English and Dutch, my work has appeared in German, French and Hungarian.

Photo credit: András Mayer.