Shimon Adaf

Shimon Adaf was born in Sderot, Israel, in 1972 to parents of Moroccan origin and now lives in Jaffa. He began publishing poetry during his military service. A poet, novelist and musician, Adaf studied in the program for outstanding students at Tel Aviv University, simultaneously writing articles on literature, film and rock music for leading Hebrew newspapers. He was also a founding member of the literary group "ev" whose aim was to find a new poetic interface between classical and modern Hebrew. Adaf worked for several years as literary editor at Keter Publishing House, and has also been writer-in-residence at Iowa University. At present, he lectures on Hebrew literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and is head of the creative writing program there. Adaf has been awarded the Ministry of Education Award (1996), the Prime Minister’s Prize (2007), the Yehuda Amichai Prize for Poetry (2010), the Sapir Prize for his novel Mox Nox (2012) and the Neuman Prize (2017).


A Confession

I have no legacy to count on and no
disaster to deliver by hand
to the next generation.
What is so important about how
my father’s eyes are opened in panic at night 
or how his heart was an impossible tool
all the years of my childhood?
Under skies as simple as cheap doggerel
I opened the windows
clear summer air lashed me
like a belt unlooped from pants.
On the sill the blossoms stirred
hibiscuses rose from albino
leaves
like a back,
arms
mottled with burns. 

                                Trans. Rebecca McKay


Shimon Adaf

Books Published in Hebrew

Icarusʹ Monologue (poetry) , Gvanim, 1997 [Ha-Monolog Shel Icarus]
That Which I Thought Shadow Is the Real Body (poetry) , Keter, 2002 [Ma She-Chashavti Tzel Hu Ha-Guf Ha-Amiti]
One Mile and Two Days Before Sunset (suspense) , Keter, 2004 [Kilometer Ve-Yomayim Lifnei Ha-Shkia]
A Mere Mortal (youth) , Achuzat Bayit, 2006 [Ha-Lev Ha-Kavur]
Sunburnt Faces (novel) , Am Oved, 2008 [Panim Tzruvei Chama]
Aviva-No (poetry) , Dvir, 2009 [Aviva-Lo]
Nuntia (novel), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2010 [Kfor]
Mox Nox (novel), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2011 [Mox Nox]
De Urbibus Inferis (novel), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2012 [Arim Shel Mata]
The Wedding Gifts (novel), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2014 [Matnot Ha-Chatuna]
A Detective's Complaint (novel), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2015 [Kuvlana Shel Balash]
Shadrach (novella), Resling, 2017 [Shadrach]
Tolle Lege (novel), Dvir, 2017 [Kum Kra]

Books in Translation

Mox Nox
Arabic: Haifa, Kolbo Sefarim, 2015
French: Paris, Caracteres, forthcoming

Italian: Rome, Atmosphere Libri, 2013
English: Hornsea, PS Publishing, 2013

French: Paris, Caracteres, forthcoming


Back Yard [with Guy Raivitz] (story)
French: Paris, Biro, 2009

Selected Poems
English: Oakville, Ontario, Mosaic Press, 2014 (in: Kaleidoscope: Three Poets from Israel)
Spanish: Mexico City, Trilce, 2013

Art and War: Poetry, Pulp and Politics in Israeli Fiction [with Lavie Tidhar]
English: London, Repeater Books, 2016

 

Spanish: Mexico City, Trilce, forthcoming

English: Farmington, Alice James Books, forthcoming