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Avraham (Sonne) Ben-Yitzhak

Avraham Ben-Yitzhak, pen name of Avraham Sonne (1883-1950)  was born in Galicia. He received both a traditional Jewish and a secular education, and then studied at the Universities of Vienna and Berlin. In 1913-1914, he served as visiting lecturer in Hebrew literature and psychology at the Jerusalem Teachers' Seminary. After a brief career in the Zionist organization, he served as teacher and principal at the Hebrew Teachers' Academy in Vienna. After the Nazi Anschluss of Austria in 1938, he emigrated to Eretz Israel and settled in Jerusalem. Although he published only twelve poems during his lifetime, Ben-Yizhak is considered a distinguished figure in modern Hebrew poetry. Most of his poems appeared before World War I and immediately attracted attention. Two selections of his poems were published posthumously. The final collection (1992) included unpublished poems discovered after his death.

Books Published in Hebrew
Poems, Tarshish, 1952; 2003 [Shirim]
Collected Poems, Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1992 [Kol Ha-Shirim]

Books in Translation
Selected Poems
German: Munich, Hanser, 1994

Collected Poems
English: Jerusalem, Ibis, 2003
Italian: Pesaro, Portatori d'Acqua, forthcoming

Avraham   (Sonne) Ben-Yitzhak

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

The second edition of the Letters of Israel festival will take place in Paris from September 8 to 18, 2017
After the success of its first edition, the Lettres d'Israël festival is gaining momentum, with an enriched program: meetings, conversations, readings , Theater, major authors and discoveries. Zeruya Shalev, Orly Castel-bloom, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Iris Argaman, and many more will participate. Click here for the full program:
Call for application: Artists in Residence Programme in Austria. Please note the deadline: September 18th, 2017.
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies to visual artists / art photographers / composers / video and media artists / writers / literary translators and arts and cultural educators in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2018. For more details:
Yizhak Mayer: "Meet the Author" Event
Ambassador Yizhak Mayer, author of the moving book “Silent Letter” will hold a “meet the author” event in Netanya. For further info about the event: And for more details about the title click here:
ITHL director on Grossman's win
"Grossman winning is not only his own achievement, but the achievement of the Hebrew literature as a whole", - Nilli Cohen on the first Hebrew author to receive Man Booker International Prize. Click here for the full article in Hebrew.
Chana Bloch dies at 77
Chana Bloch, a revered poet and translator from Hebrew and Yiddish, has sadly passed away earlier this month. Among her many remarkable achievements is the wonderful translation of a collection of poems by Dahlia Ravikovitch​ (W. W. Norton & Company). Chana will be greatly missed.
Yitzchak Mayer's personal website goes live
English edition of Yitzchak Mayer's amazing "Silent Letter" is about to come out with Mosaic Press. Learn more about the author's incredible life story on his brand new website.
Dayan on feminism and writing
Following the release of "Transitions" in English, Yael Dayan talks to Lilith Magazine about her past aspirations and present pursuits. Click here to read the full interview.
Gundar-Goshen's Op-Ed for Time
To mark the US publication of "Waking Lions" Ayelet Gundar-Goshen talks about the refugee crisis, internal walls and people behind them in the op-ed for Time. Click here to read the article.
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