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Shimon Adaf

Shimon Adaf was born in Sderot, Israel, in 1972 to parents of Moroccan origin and now lives in Jaffa. He began publishing poetry during his military service. A poet, novelist and musician, Adaf studied in the program for outstanding students at Tel Aviv University, simultaneously writing articles on literature, film and rock music for leading Hebrew newspapers. He was also a founding member of the literary group "ev" whose aim was to find a new poetic interface between classical and modern Hebrew. Adaf worked for several years as literary editor at Keter Publishing House, and has also been writer-in-residence at Iowa University. At present, he lectures on Hebrew literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and is head of the creative writing program there. Adaf has been awarded the Ministry of Education Award (1996), the Prime Minister’s Prize (2007), the Yehuda Amichai Prize for Poetry (2010), the Sapir Prize for his novel Mox Nox (2012) and the Neuman Prize (2017). His last novel, Tolle Legeis shortlisted for the 2017 Sapir Prize.


A Confession

I have no legacy to count on and no
disaster to deliver by hand
to the next generation.
What is so important about how
my father’s eyes are opened in panic at night 
or how his heart was an impossible tool
all the years of my childhood?
Under skies as simple as cheap doggerel
I opened the windows
clear summer air lashed me
like a belt unlooped from pants.
On the sill the blossoms stirred
hibiscuses rose from albino
leaves
like a back,
arms
mottled with burns. 

                                Trans. Rebecca McKay


Shimon Adaf

Books Published in Hebrew

Icarusʹ Monologue (poetry) , Gvanim, 1997 [Ha-Monolog Shel Icarus]
That Which I Thought Shadow Is the Real Body (poetry) , Keter, 2002 [Ma She-Chashavti Tzel Hu Ha-Guf Ha-Amiti]
One Mile and Two Days Before Sunset (suspense) , Keter, 2004 [Kilometer Ve-Yomayim Lifnei Ha-Shkia]
A Mere Mortal (youth) , Achuzat Bayit, 2006 [Ha-Lev Ha-Kavur]
Sunburnt Faces (novel) , Am Oved, 2008 [Panim Tzruvei Chama]
Aviva-No (poetry) , Dvir, 2009 [Aviva-Lo]
Nuntia (novel), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2010 [Kfor]
Mox Nox (novel), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2011 [Mox Nox]
De Urbibus Inferis (novel), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2012 [Arim Shel Mata]
The Wedding Gifts (novel), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2014 [Matnot Ha-Chatuna]
A Detective’s Complaint (novel) , Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2015 [Kovlana Shel Balash]
Shadrach (novella), Resling, 2017 [Shadrach]
Tolle Lege (novel) , Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2017 [Kum Kra]

Books in Translation

Mox Nox
Arabic: Haifa, Kolbo Sefarim, 2015
French: Paris, Caracteres, forthcoming

Italian: Rome, Atmosphere Libri, 2013
English: Hornsea, PS Publishing, 2013

French: Paris, Caracteres, forthcoming


Back Yard [with Guy Raivitz] (story)
French: Paris, Biro, 2009

Selected Poems
English: Oakville, Ontario, Mosaic Press, 2014 (in: Kaleidoscope: Three Poets from Israel)
Spanish: Mexico City, Trilce, 2013

Art and War: Poetry, Pulp and Politics in Israeli Fiction [with Lavie Tidhar]
English: London, Repeater Books, 2016

 

Spanish: Mexico City, Trilce, forthcoming

English: Farmington, Alice James Books, forthcoming

NEWS

Professional program of literary translation 2018 September 3rd - November 11th - CITL of Arles (France) November 22 - 27 - Tel Aviv (Israel) Deadline for filing applications with the CITL: Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Details in the link below
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Call for applications English speakers: Stay culture in Paris (deadline: June 12th, 2018)
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Congratulations to Sami Berdugo and Shoham Smith, recipients of the 2018 Bialik Prize, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in Israel!

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The Ministry of Culture and Sport announced the names of the winners of the Arik Einstein Veterans Artists Prize.
A prize of 50,000 NIS was given to each of the 21 artists who worked and are still working to promote Israeli culture in various fields -Music, dance, theater, plastic arts, cinema and literature. In the literature category the winners were Ronny Someck, Jacob Buchan and Shlomit Cohen-Assif. Also, Anat Masiach is among the recipient of the prize for debut literary works. Congratulations!
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The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop November 4th to 10th, 2018 Beit Ben-Yehuda, Jerusalem
After workshops in Berlin, Jerusalem and Straelen, the workshop will return to Jerusalem this spring. This workshop will focus on the participants translations. These are unfinished translations that have not yet been published. These will be sent to all participants. The workshop is open to 10 participants and is intended for literary translators with experience and publications. Workshop facilitators: Anne Birkenhauer and Gadi Goldberg Prerequisites: At least one published translation Duration: November 4th 2018 until November 10th, 2018 Location: Beit Ben-Yehuda, 28 Ein Gedi St., 93383 Jerusalem Participation fee: Participation (Accommodation and meals) is free of charge. Travel / flight expenses will be refunded. For more details and for the documents required for submitting application: Anne Birkenhauer, birkenhauer@013.net and Gadi Goldberg, gadi.goldberg@gmail.com
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Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

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