Gabriel Bensimhon

Gabriel Bensimhon was born in Sefrou, Morocco, in 1938, and came to Israel with his family at age 10. An author and filmmaker, he studied literature and Biblical studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and later at the Sorbonne, where he received a PhD in theater and film studies. Bensimhon taught at Tel Aviv University until 2006, in the departments of film/TV and theater arts. He has also been a visiting professor at UCLA, USC, NYU and Cornell University. He is now Professor Emeritus. Bensimhon has published plays, screenplays, poetry, short stories, novels and a book on the Fellini’s cinema. His play, A Moroccan King, produced by Israel’s Habima National Theater, won the Lieber Award for Classic Jewish Drama (1978). He has been awarded the Book Publishers Association's Gold Prize for A Girl in a Blue Shirt (2014) 


Gabriel Bensimhon

Books Published in Hebrew

Lakes of Silence and Sand (poetry), Machbarot Lesifrut, 1965 [Amot Sheket Ve-Chol]
A Moroccan King (play), Adi, 1980 [Melech Maroka'i: Drama Kabalit Be-Shalosh Ma'arachot]
The Road to Jerusalem: The Odyssey of the Illegal Ship "Yehuda Halevi"; Bouzmima (plays), Marion, 1988 [Ha-Derech Li-Yerushalayim: Ha-Masa Shel Oniyat Ha-Ma'apilim "Yehuda Halevi"; Bouzmima: Komedya Kabalit Be-Shalosh Ma'arachot]
We Were Like Them That Dream (screenplay), Marion, 1994 [Hayinu Ke-Cholmim]
1948 (play), Marion, 1994 [Elef Tsha Me'ot Arba'im U-Shmone]
Walking upon the Water (novel in stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Yedioth Ahronoth, 1997 [Ha-Mehalchim Al Ha-Mayim]
Maroccan Love Stories About Women and Other Fantasies (stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2002 [Holechet Im Kamon Chozeret Im Za'atar: Sipurei Ahava Maroka'im]
A Woman with Three Breasts: Women in the Cinema of Federico Fellini (non-fiction), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2004 [Isha Im Shlosha Shadayim: Ha-Nashim Ba-Kolno'a Shel Fellini]
Wedding at the Wailing Wall (play), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2007 [Chatuna Ba-Kotel]
The Garden of Moroccan Delights: Moroccan-Jewish Love Stories (stories & cooking), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2009 [Fantazya Maroka'it: Tavshilim Ve-Sipurim]
Absalom; Jerusalem My Sweetheart (plays), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2011 [Avshalom; Zion Chemdati]
A Girl in a Blue Shirt (novel) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2013 [Na'ara Be-Chultza Kchula]
The Last of the Moroccans (novel), Yedioth Ahronoth, 2016 [Ha-Maroka'i Ha-Acharon]
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PERFORMED PLAYS
A Morroccan King [Habima, 1980]
Bouzmima [Lilah, 1984]
1948 [Tel Aviv University, 1998]

Books in Translation

A Moroccan King
English: Kindle book: Amazon Digital Services, 2012
French: Jerusalem, Département de la Jeunesse et du Hehaloutz, 1979; Kindle book: Amazon Digital Services, 2013

The Garden of Moroccan Delights: Moroccon-Jewish Love Stories
English: Kindle book: Amazon Digital Services, 2012
French: Kindle book: Amazon Digital Services, 2013

Walking upon the Water
English: Kindle book: Amazon Digital Services, 2012

A Woman with Three Breasts: Women in the Cinema of Federico Fellini
English: Kindle book: Amazon Digital Services, 2013
Italian: Kindle book: Amazon Digital Services, 2013