Eli Amir

Eli Amir was born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1937, and arrived in Israel with his family in 1950. He studied Middle Eastern history and Hebrew literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Amir has served as adviser on Arab affairs to the Prime Minister and envoy for the Ministry of Absorption to the USA. Since 1984, he has been director-general of the youth immigration department at the Jewish Agency.
Amir is well-known in Israel for his involvement with new immigrants and his activity in Palestinian-Jewish relations. His first novel, Scapegoat, has been adapted as a play and a TV series, and a film based on his second novel, Farewell, Baghdad, was released in 2014. Amir has been awarded Youth Immigration's Jubilee Prize (1983), the Jewish Literature Prize (Mexico, 1985), the Ahi Award (1994), Am Oved's Jubilee Prize (1994), the Yigal Alon Prize for Outstanding Service to Society (1997), the Book Publishers Association's Platinum Prize three times (1998; 2009; 2011) and the Prime Minister's Prize (2002). He received an Honorary Doctorate from Tel Aviv University in 2008.

Eli Amir

Books in Translation

English: London, Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1987; Tel Aviv, Am Oved, 2009 
German: Frankfurt, Alibaba, 1994
Russian: Tel Aviv, Am Oved, 2005
Turkish: Istanbul, Apollon, 2010
Azeri (Azerbaijan): Baku, Alatoran, 2012
Macedonian: Skopje, Goten, 2012
Italian: Florence, Giuntina, 2015
German: Munich, Europa, 1998
English (The Dove Flyer): London, Halban, 2010
German: Bergisch Gladbach, Lubbe, 2000
Turkish: Istanbul, Koton Kitap, forthcoming
Turkish: Istanbul, GOA Basim Yayin, 2006
Arabic: Mantsura, Egypt, Mantsura, 2007
German: Munich, Bertelsmann, 2007
French: Paris, Libella-Maren Sell, 2008
Italian: Turin, Einaudi, 2008
English: London, Halban, 2012
Azeri (Azerbajan): Baku, Alatoran, 2012
Spanish: Mexico City, Ediciones B, 2016
Turkish: Istanbul, Koton Kitap, forthcoming