Shimon Ballas

Shimon Ballas was born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1930, and immigrated to Israel in 1951. He published stories and essays in the local Arab press for several years. Later, he spent four years in Paris, where he received his PhD from the Sorbonne. Ballas has taught Arabic literature at Haifa University and now divides his time between Tel Aviv and Paris, where he does most of his writing.
Ballas published his first novel in Hebrew in 1964 and has been writing fiction and essays ever since. He has been awarded the Prime Minister`s Prize for Literature twice (1978, 1993) and the President`s Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2006).

Shimon Ballas

Books Published in Hebrew

The Transit Camp (novel), Am Oved, 1964 [Ha-Maʹabara]
Facing the Wall (stories), Massada, 1969 [Mul Ha-Choma]
Ashab from Baghdad (novel), Am Oved, 1970 [Ashab Mi-Bagdad]
Clarification (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1972 [Hitbaharut]
Arab Literature in the Shadow of War (non-fiction), Am Oved, 1978 [Ha-Sifrut Ha-Aravit Be-Tzel Ha-Milchama]
Downtown (stories), Tarmil, 1979 [Ba-Ir Ha-Tachtit]
A Locked Room (novel), Zmora-Bitan-Modan, 1980 [Cheder Naʹul]
Last Winter (novel) , Keter, 1988 [Choref Acharon]
The Heir (novel), Zmora-Bitan, 1987 [Ha-Yoresh]
He Is Different (novel) , Zmora-Bitan, 1991; Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2005 [Ve-Hu Acher]
Signs of Autumn (stories), Zmora-Bitan, 1992 [Otot Stav]
Not in Her Place (novel), Zmora-Bitan, 1994 [Lo Bimkoma]
Solo (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1998 [Solo]
Tel Aviv East (novel), Bimat Kedem, 1998 [Tel Aviv Mizrach]
Tel Aviv East: Trilogy (novels), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2003 [Tel Aviv Mizrach: Trilogya]
The End of the Visit (novella & stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2008 [Tom Ha-Bikur]
First Person Singular (autobiography), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2009 [Be-Guf Rishon]

Books in Translation

English (Outcast): San Francisco, City Lights, 2007

Signs of Autumn
French: Paris, Gilgamesh, 1996
Arabic: Cologne, al-Kamel, 1996

The Shoes of Tanboury
English: New York, Sabra Books, 1970

Arabic Literature in the Shadow of War
French: Paris, Anthropos, 1980
Arabic: Beirut, Dar al-Mashriq, 1984

Secular Trends in Arabic Literature
Arabic: Cologne, al-Kamel, 1992