Michal Ben-Naftali

Michal Ben-Naftali was born in Tel Aviv in 1963. A writer, translator and editor, she studied history and philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and received her PhD in contemporary French philosophy from The University of Oxford. Having taught at several Israeli academic institutions, she now teaches French literature and creative writing at Tel Aviv University.
Ben-Naftali lived in Paris for several years; from 2006 till 2014 she was the editor of “The French” series for Hakibbutz Hameuchad publishing house, followed by a series on Hebrew aesthetics she is currently editing for Resling. She has published collections of essays, a novella, a memoir and a novel, as well as many articles on literature, philosophy and art, in Israel and abroad. Her translations from French to Hebrew include works by
Jacques Derrida, André Breton, Marina Tsvetaeva, Maurice Blanchot, Julia Kristeva, Esther Orner and Annie Ernaux. In 2008 Ben-Naftali received a scholarship for translators from the French Ministry of Culture, and in 2013 she was writer-in-residence at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. She has received the Prime Minister's Prize (2007) and the Haaretz prize for Best Literary Essay of the Year (2008). Her novel, The Teacher, won the 2016 Sapir Prize.






Books Published in Hebrew

Chronicle of Separation: On Deconstruction's Disillusioned Love (essays), Resling, 2000 [Chronika Shel Prida: Al Ahavata Ha-Nichzevet Shel Ha-Dekonstruktzya]
The Visitation of Hannah Arendt (essays), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, The Van Leer Institute, 2006 [Ha-Bikur Shel Hannah Arendt]
Childhood, a Book (novella), Resling, 2006 [Sefer, Yaldut]
On Retreat: Four Essays (essays), Resling, 2009 [Al Ha-Prishut: Arba Masot]
Spirit (memoir), Achuzat Bayit, 2012 [Ruach]
The Teacher (novel) , Keter, 2015 [Ha-Mora]

Books in Translation

French: Arles, Actes Sud, forthcoming

Italian: Milan, Mondadori, forthcoming

Chronicle of Separation: On Deconstruction's Disillusioned Love
English: New York, Fordham University Press, 2015