Ehud Ben-Ezer

Ehud Ben-Ezer was born to one of the founding families of Petah Tikva in 1936. His family has lived in this once small village since 1878. Ben-Ezer studied philosophy and kabbala at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and then worked as a teacher in new towns in the Negev. He describes his experiences there in his first novel, The Quarry, which was made into a film in 1990. Today, he works as a literary critic in the Hebrew press. Ben-Ezer is a prolific writer: he has published novels, collections of short stories, non-fiction and books for children and youth. His book for young readers, Jedda, received the prestigious Ze`ev Prize (1994), and he has received the Prime Minister`s Prize three times.

Ehud Ben-Ezer

Books Published in Hebrew

FICTION
The Quarry (novel) , Am Oved, 1963; rev. ed. Astrolog, 2001 [Ha-Machtzeva]
People of Sodom (novel) , Am Oved, 1968; rev. ed. Astrolog, 2001 [Anshei Sdom]
Nor the Battle for the Strong (novel), A. Levin-Epstein, 1971; Astrolog, 2000 [Lo La-Giborim Ha-Milchama]
The Forbidden Fruit (stories), Achiasaf, 1977 [Ha-Pri Ha-Asur]
Efrat (stories), Tarmil, 1978 [Efrat]
Peace of Mind (novel), Zmora-Bitan-Modan, 1979 [Ha-Sheket Ha-Nafshi]
Lovely and Pleasant (novel), Bitan, 1985 [Ha-Neʹehavim Ve-Ha-Neʹimim]
Yearning (stories), Zmora-Bitan, 1987 [Erga]
The Night They Hanged Sergeant Morton (novel), Yedioth Ahronoth, 1994 [Ha-Layla She-Bo Talu Et Serjent Morton]
Three Loves (novel), Astrolog, 2000 [Shalosh Ahavot]
My Village (novel), Astrolog, 2000 [Ha-Moshava Sheli]
My Meat Shop (novel), Astrolog, 2001 [Chanut Ha-Basar Sheli]
The Book of Longings (novel), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2009 [Sefer Ha-Gaʹaguim]
My Travels with Women (novel), Sifrei Makor, 2013 [Masʹotay Im Nashim]
After the Tumult (novel), Sifrei Makor, 2014 [Ve-Ha-Aretz Tirʹad: Saga EretzIsraʹelit Ba-Shanim 1834-1878]
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POETRY
God Shall Help Her and that Right Early: Poems 1955-1995, The Author, 1996; Astrolog, 2005 [Yaʹazreha Elohim Lifnot Boker]
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NON-FICTION
Sand Dunes and Blue Sky: Biography of Nachum Gutman, Yavneh, 1980 [Bein Cholot U-Kchol Shamayim]
Nachum Gutman [introduction & ed.: Ehud Ben-Ezer] (album), Massada, 1984; Modan, 1997 [Nachum Gutman]
Unease in Zion (interviews), Am Oved, 1986 [Ein Shaʹananim Be-Tzion: Sichot Al Mechir Ha-Tzionut]
Shraga Netzer: A Life (biography), Edanim, 1990 [Shraga Netzer: Sipur Hayim]
In the Homeland of Contradictory Longings: The Arab in Hebrew Fiction [introduction & ed.: Ehud Ben-Ezer] (anthology), Zmora-Bitan & The Hebrew Writers Association, 1992 [Bemoledet Ha-gaʹaguim Ha-Menugadim: Ha-Aravi Ba-Sifrut Ha-Ivrit]
The Prose Workshop, The Author, 1997; Astrolog, 2000 [Sadnat Ha-Proza: Ha-Madrich Li-Chtiva Atzmit]
Courage: The Story of Moshe Dayan (biography) , Ministry of Defense, 1997 [Ometz: Sipuro Shel Moshe Dayan]
Days of Gall and Honey: The Biography of the Poetess Esther Raab, Am Oved, 1998 [Yamim Shel Laʹana U-Dvash: Sipur Chayeha Shel Ha-Meshoreret Esther Raab]
Brenner and the Arabs, Astrolog, 2001 [Brenner Ve-Ha-Aravim: Bi-Mlot 80 Le-Heiratzcho]
Educating the Fish: A Testimony about Pinhas Sadeh, Astrolog, 2002 [Lehasbir La-Dagim: Edut Al Pinhas Sadeh]
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CHILDREN & YOUTH
A Night in the Sleeping Vegetable Garden (children), Massada, 1972 [Layla Be-Ginat Ha-Yerakot Ha-Nirdamim]
Oferit the Fibster (children), Yavneh, 1977 [Oferit Bloferit]
Who Cuts the Barbeʹrs Hair? (children), Yavneh, 1982 [Mi Mesaper Et Ha-Saparim?]
The Treasure of the First Well (youth), Schocken, 1982 [Otzar Ha-Beʹer Ha-Rishona]
Following the Desert Jews (youth), Schocken, 1983 [Be-Ikvot Yehudei Ha-Midbar]
The Bargain (children), Haetgar, 1985 [Ha-Metzia]
Sailing in a Watermelon Peel (youth) , Rachgold, 1987 [Lashut Bi-Klipat Avatiach]
When Israel Went Out of Egypt: The Story of Exodus (children), Yavneh, 1987 [Be-Tzet Israel Mi-Mitzrayim]
50 Adolescent Cracks (youth), Rachgold, 1987 [50 Shirei Mitbagrim]
Now Summer, Now Ice-cream! (youth) , Yavneh, 1989 [Achshav Kayitz, Achshav Glida!]
Riders on the Yarkon River (youth) , Sreberk, 1989 [Parashim Al Ha-Yarkon]
40 Israeli Teenagersʹ Stories (youth), R. Sirkis, 1991 [Yetshupar Ha-Noʹar!: 40 Sipurei Hitbagrut Shel Banim U-Vanot]
Jedda: The Story of Abraham Shapira, the Village Guard (youth), Am Oved, Yad Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, 1993 [Jedda: Sipuro Shel Avraham Shapira, Shomer Ha-Moshava]
The Girl From the Sea (children-picture bk), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1996 [Ha-Yalda Min Ha-Yam]
Davie Fafel (children-picture bk) , Matar, 1996 [Dudu Fafel]
Hosni the Dreamer: An Arabian Tale (children-picture bk) , 1st pub. (English): Farrar Strauss Giroux, 1997

Books in Translation

German: Neu Isenburg, Semit Edition im Melzer, 2004  

Unease in Zion
English: New York, Quadrangle, 1974  

Sand Dunes and Blue Sky
Russian: Jerusalem, Aliya, 1990  

Sleepwalkers & Other Stories: The Arab in Hebrew Fiction (ed. Ehud Ben Ezer)
English: New York, Lynne Rienner, 1999; London, Lynne Rienner, 1999
Arabic: Lebanon, Dar al-Hamraa, 2001  

Hosni the Dreamer: An Arabian Tale
English: New York, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997; Canada HarperCollins , 1997
Afrikaans: Southafrica, Anansi, 1997 
Korean: Seoul, Kemongsa, 2002