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Halfway Out

Hanoch Bartov
This "development novel" illustrates Bartov's gift for recreating an epoch, in this case Palestine immediately before and during World War II. Halfway Out is one of the few Hebrew novels that describes the effect of the war on life in British-ruled Eretz Israel. To the protagonists, Europe and the heritage of Judaism are as real as their poverty or the pastoral agricultural settlements where they live. The story begins when Nahman Shpigler, aged 13, inherits a bicycle that enables him to go to the beach and to secret meetings with his girlfriend, even to Tel Aviv. Reports of the dangers facing Jews in Europe slowly filter in. Bartov's portrayals of the different reactions to the news are a gripping study in horror and denial, powerlessness and militancy. Nahman eventually enters that dark world by enlisting in the British Armed Forces' Jewish Brigade.

A complex revealing work...with deep and moving passages.

An intriguing story, rich descriptions, and a fine realistic style.
Yedioth Ahronoth

Bartov's greatest achievement.

One of the most outstanding books of Hebrew fiction: excellent as literature, as a history of the sabra generation and as a portrait of adolescence.

Bartov Halfway Out
Title Halfway Out
Author’s Last Name Bartov
Author's First Name Hanoch
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Am Oved
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1994
Publisher 2 (Hebrew) Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan
Year of Publication 2 (Hebrew) 2011
No. Pages 455 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Regel Achat Ba-Chutz
Representation Represented by ITHL


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Residencies in Vienna and Salzburg
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery offers 50 residencies in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2019. Applications can be submitted for literature, literature for children and young adults and literary translations. Please note the deadline of September 30th, 2018.
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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, and Gadi Goldberg,
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