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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).

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
like a back,
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 [Kuvlana Shel Balash]
Shadrach (novella), Resling, 2017 [Shadrach]
Tolle Lege (novel), Dvir, 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

Congratulations to Zeruya Shalev and Shifra Horn for receiving the 2017 Adei Wizo Prize.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award! The books on the longlist are selected by 400 libraries worldwide. Titles are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library.
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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