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Naim Araidi

Naim Araidi (1950-2015), a Israeli Druze poet and professor of literature, was born in Kfar Maghar, Israel. After completing his military service, he studied Hebrew language, literature and political science at Haifa University. In 1989 he received his PhD from Bar Ilan University for his thesis on the poetry of Uri Zvi Greenberg. Araidi lectured on literature, Hebrew and education at the Gordon College of Education and served as the Director of the Children's Literature Center at the Arab College in Haifa. In 2012, he was appointed as ambassador to Norway where he served until 2014. Best known as a poet, Araidi published books of poetry and prose both in Arabic and Hebrew. He received the Prime Minister's Prize for Arabic Literature (1984), the Prime Minister's Prize for Hebrew Literature twice (1987; 2009), the Senate of Paris Award (1990), an Honorary Doctorate from the International Center for Poetry in the U.S. (1991) and the 'Omanut La'am' Award for the Promotion of Culture in Israel (1993).

Books Published in Hebrew  
Is Love Possible (poetry), Eked, 1972 [Eich Efshar Le'ehov]
Compassion and Fear (poetry), Eked, 1975 [Chemla U-Fachad]
The Poetry of Uri Zvi Greenberg (non-fiction), Eked, 1980 [Ha-Nozlim Ha-Menagnim Bi-Ytzirat Uri Zvi Greenberg]
Return to the Village (poetry), Am Oved, 1986 [Chazarti El Ha-Kfar] 
Perhaps It's Love (poems), Sifriat Maariv, 1989 [Ulai Zo Ahava] 
In Five Dimensions (poetry), Sifriat Poalim, 1991 [Ba-Chamisha Meimadim]
Fatal Baptism (novel), Bitan, 1992 [Tevila Katlanit]
The Silents Penetrate (poetry), Kor'im, 2002 [Shketim Chodrim]
Leaving the Rage to Others (poetry), Gvanim, 2006 [Mash'ir Et Ha-Ka'as La-Acherim]
Selected Poems, Gvanim, 2010 [Kol Ha-Onot: Mivchar Shirim 1972-2006]

Books in Translation
Back to the Village
English: Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania, 1991; Herzlia, Levant, 1994

Selected Poems
French: Paris, Levant, 1990; 2005
Dutch: Rotterdam, Stichting, 1988

Selected Poems [with Miron C. Izakson]

French: Paris, Stavit, 2003

Naim Araidi

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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