Ronit Matalon

Ronit Matalon (1959-2017) was born in Ganei Tikva, Israel, to a family of Egyptian-Jewish descent. She studied literature and philosophy at Tel Aviv University. Matalon has worked as a journalist for Israel TV and for the daily Haaretz, covering Gaza and the West Bank during the First Intifada. She has also worked as a critic and book reviewer for Haaretz. At present, she is senior lecturer in Hebrew and comparative literature at Haifa University and teaches creative writing there as well as at the Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem. Matalon is a member of the Forum for Mediterranean Culture at the Van Leer Institute. Three of her books have been bestsellers in Israel, and her children's story, A Story that Begins with a Snake's Funeral, has been made into a movie. 

Matalon has received the Prime Minister's Prize (1994), the prestigious Bernstein Prize (2009), the Neuman Prize (2010), the Prix Alberto-Benveniste (France, 2013) for The Sound of Our Steps, the EMET prize (2016) and the Brenner Prize for And the Bride Closed the Door (2017). In 2010, she received an Honorary Doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

Ronit Matalon

Books Published in Hebrew

A Story that Begins with a Snake’s Funeral (youth) , Dvir, 1989 [Sipur She-Matchil Bi-Levaya Shel Nachash]
Strangers at Home (stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1992 [Zarim Ba-Bayit]
The One Facing Us (novel) , Am Oved, 1995; Am Oved/ Yedioth Ahronoth, 2010 [Ze Im Ha-Panim Eleinu]
Sarah, Sarah [Bliss] (novel) , Am Oved, 2000 [Sara, Sara]
Read & Write (essays) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2001 [Kro U-Chtov]
Uncover Her Face (novella), Am Oved, 2006 [Galu Et Paneiha]
The Sound of Our Steps (novel) , Am Oved, 2008 [Kol Tzeʹadeinu]
Under Influence [with Ariel Hirschfeld] (novel), Keter, 2012 [Hashpaʹa Bilti Hogenet: Roman Be-Michtavim]
The Sleepwalking Girls (play), Resling, 2015 [Ha-Ne'arot Ha-Holchot Bi-Shnatan]
And the Bride Closed the Door (novella) , Keter, 2016 [Ve-Ha-Kala Sagra Et Ha-Delet]

Books in Translation

German: Munich, Carl Hanser, 1999
Dutch: Amsterdam, Ambo, 1997
English: New York, Metropolitan /Henry Holt, 1998; pback: 1999; Ontario, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1998
German: Reinbek, Rowohlt, 1998 
French: Arles, Actes Sud, 2015
German: Munich, Luchterhand, 2002
English: New York, Metropolitan, 2003
Italian: Rome, Atmosphere Libri, 2011
French: Paris, Stock, 2012
English: New York, Metropolitan, 2015
Turkish: Istanbul, Yapi Kredi,2018

Italian: Florence, Giuntina, forthcoming
French: Arles, Actes Sud, forthcoming
German: Munich, Luchterhand, forthcoming
Spanish: Barcelona, Minuscula, forthcoming

English: New York, New Vessel Press, Forthcoming 

Dutch: Amsterdam, Ambo/Anthos, 2019