Prestigious Sapir Award to Orly Castel-Bloom's An Egyptian Novel
Orly Castel-Bloom has been awarded the prestigious Sapir Award for her latest book, An Egyptian Novel. Among previous award winners are authors David Grossman, Yoram Kaniuk and Amir Gutfreund.
Castel-Bloom has been a leading voice in Hebrew literature since her first book in 1987, constantly expanding the boundaries of the Hebrew language and of narrative style. An Egyptian Novel, her 14th book, was published a year ago to critical acclaim and amazing sales. It will be published in English by Dalkey Archives and in French by Actes Sud.
The Sapir Award is the highest literary prize in Israel. In addition to NIS150,000 in prize money (ca $37,500), it covers the cost of the novel's translation into Arabic plus one other language.
To date, Castel-Bloom's books have been translated into 14 languages.