Yehonatan Geffen

Born in Nahalal, Israel, in 1947, Yehonatan Geffen is a poet, writer, playwright, songwriter, and perfomer. He studied English and English literature at Cambridge University and has been writing a weekly satirical column in the Israeli newspaper Maariv for about forty years. He spent 1991 in London and 1994-1996 in New York as the newspaper's correspondent. Geffem was awarded the Bernstein Prize for Children's Literature (1983), the Prime Minister's Prize (2013) and the Israeli Union of Performing Artists' Prize for lifetime achievement (2016).















Yehonathan Gefen

Books Published in Hebrew

POETRY
Few Words, Tarbut Ve-Chinuch, 1968; Zmora, Bitan, Modan, 1977 [Kama Milim]
A Place for Concern, Sreberk, Sifriat Maariv, 1971 [Makom Li-Deʹaga]
Mainly Love Poems, A.L. Special Edition, 1976; Dvir, 1983 [Be-Ikar Shirei Ahava]
Less But Still Hurts, Schocken, 1980 [Pachot Aval Koʹev]
You Remember the Songs, Kinneret, 1983 [Atem Zochrim Et Ha-Shirim]
36 Poems, Dvir, 1985 [36 Shirim]
Farewells, Dvir, 1993 [Hitparduyot]
Jail House Rock, Sifriat Maariv, 1988 [Rok Be-Veit Ha-Sohar]
Poems 85-90, Kinneret, 1990 [Shirim 85-90]
Separations, Dvir, 1993 [Hitparduyot]
Nobodyʹs Cat, Dvir, 2000 [Chatul Shel Af Echad]
Last Line Before I Go, Dvir, 2009 [Acharei Ha-Shir Ha-Ze Ani Holech]
Love Songs [book & CD], Am Oved, 2009 [Omer Shirei Ahava]
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PROSE & DRAMA
The Yellow Book (humor), Massada, 1973 [Ha-Sefer Ha-Tsahov: Madrich La-Av Ha-Matchil]
Milk Teeth (novel), Zmora, Bitan, Modan, 1977 [Shinei Chalav: Roman Boser]
On Stage, Kinneret, 1983 [Al Ha-Krashim: Ktaʹim Me-Ofaʹot]
The Coinʹs Fourth Side (non-fiction), Kinneret, 1983 [Ha-Tzad Ha-Reviʹi Shel Ha-Matbeʹa]
Pieces (non-fiction), Kinneret, 1989 [Ktaʹim: Kol Kitmei Yehonatan Geffen: Hashlamot Ve-Tikunim]
On Stage: Second Round, Kinneret, 1990 [Al Ha-Krashim (Sibuv Sheni)]
The Marble Armchair (novel), Kinneret, 1991 [Kursat Ha-Shayish]
Yours on Fridays (humor), Kinneret, 1992 [Be-Ofen Ishi: Kol Yom Shishi]
With Regard to the Roses (stories), Kinneret, 1995 [Be-Kesher La-Shoshanim]
Far From the Tree (non-fiction), Modan, 1997 [Rachok Me-Ha-Etz: New York-Tel Aviv: Ktaʹim Ve-Hamlatzot Me-Ha-Tapuach Ha-Gadol ]
Lovely Lady (novel), Dvir, 1999 [Isha Yekara]
Zifzif (stories), Keter, 2000 [Tziftzif]
Good Stuff (memoir), Dvir, 2002 [Chomer Tov]
Heartsplit (non-fiction), Dvir, 2005 [Aliyato U-Nefilato Shel Ha-Why]
An American Novel (novel), Dvir, 2007 [Roman Amerikaʹi]
Johnny Has Gone (play), The Institute of Israeli Drama, 2009 [Johnny Halach]
Temporary Crown (novel), Dvir, 2013 [Keter Zmani]
The Writing Child (autobiography), Dvir, 2016 [Ha-Yeled Ha-Kotev]
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CHILDREN & YOUTH
Songs Anat Loves Best (children), Dvir, 1969 [Shirim She-Anat Ohevet Bi-Meyuchad]
Once Upon a Time... Stories that Anat Loves Best (children), Dvir, 1970 [Yom Echad... Kach Matchilim Kol Ha-Sipurim She-Anat Ohevet Bi-Meyuchad]
Stars Are the Children of the Moon (children-picture bk), Dvir, 1974 [Ha-Kochavim Hem Ha-Yeladim Shel Ha-Yareʹach]
The Sixteenth Sheep (children-picture bk) , Nushi, 1978; Dvir, 1983; 1992; 2010 [Ha-Keves Ha-Shisha Asar]
A Whole Book about One Cat (children), Kinneret, 1980 [Sefer Shalem Al Chatul Echad]
The Cauliflower Boy (children), Dvir, 1982; 2016 [Yeled Ha-Kruvit: Maʹasiya Im Shirim Ve-Gam Tziyurim]
The Wrong Dragon (children-picture bk), Dvir, 1986 [Ha-Drakon Ha-Lo-Nachon]
The Prettiest Girl in Kindergarten (children-picture bk), Kinneret, 1986 [Ha-Yalda Hachi Yafa Ba-Gan]
The Garden of Lost Dreams (children-picture bk), Dvir, 1989 [Gan Ha-Chalomot Ha-Avudim]
Poems Yehonatan Loves Most (children), Dvir, 1994 [Shirim She-Yehonatan Ohev Bi-Meyuchad]
Poems for Natasha (children), Dvir, 1997 [Shirim Le-Natasha: Shirim Rishonim Le-Tinokot Ktanim Ve-Gam La-Horim She-Lo Yeshenim]
But Why?: One Day with Father and Daughter (children-picture bk), Dvir, 2000 [Aval Lama?: Yom Echad Im Aba Ve-Bat]
Allergy (children), Dvir, 2003 [Alergiya: Sipur Yeladot]
I Love (children-picture bk), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, Dvir, 2005 [Ani Ohev]
Eucalyptus Soup (children), Dvir, 2011 [Merak Ekaliptus: Ha-Zamar She-Kara Lo Ma She-Hu Shar]
Sitstandlan (children-picture bk), Dvir, 2015 [Yashvanimadiya]
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PERFORMED PLAYS
The Ayar Bond [Beit Lessin, 1982]
Sleep Valley, Sleep [Beit Lessin, 1986]
Cyprus [Cameri, 1995]
Petra [Cameri, 1998]
Johnny Has Gone [Cameri, 2009]

Books in Translation

Lovely Lady
German: Frankfurt, Dr. Orgler, 2002

Songs that Anat Loves Best (children)
English: Tel Aviv, Dvir, 1974