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Eli Amir

Eli Amir was born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1937, and arrived in Israel with his family in 1950. He studied Middle Eastern history and Hebrew literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Amir has served as adviser on Arab affairs to the Prime Minister and envoy for the Ministry of Absorption to the USA. Since 1984, he has been director-general of the youth immigration department at the Jewish Agency.
Amir is well-known in Israel for his involvement with new immigrants and his activity in Palestinian-Jewish relations. His first novel, Scapegoat, has been adapted as a play and a TV series, and a film based on his second novel, Farewell, Baghdad, was released in 2014. Amir has been awarded Youth Immigration's Jubilee Prize (1983), the Jewish Literature Prize (Mexico, 1985), the Ahi Award (1994), Am Oved's Jubilee Prize (1994), the Yigal Alon Prize for Outstanding Service to Society (1997), the Book Publishers Association's Platinum Prize three times (1998; 2009; 2011) and the Prime Minister's Prize (2002). He received an Honorary Doctorate from Tel Aviv University in 2008.

Eli Amir

Books in Translation

English: London, Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1987; Tel Aviv, Am Oved, 2009 
German: Frankfurt, Alibaba, 1994
Russian: Tel Aviv, Am Oved, 2005
Turkish: Istanbul, Apollon, 2010
Azeri (Azerbaijan): Baku, Alatoran, 2012
Macedonian: Skopje, Goten, 2012
Italian: Florence, Giuntina, 2015
German: Munich, Europa, 1998
English (The Dove Flyer): London, Halban, 2010
German: Bergisch Gladbach, Lubbe, 2000
Turkish: Istanbul, Koton Kitap, forthcoming
Turkish: Istanbul, GOA Basim Yayin, 2006
Arabic: Mantsura, Egypt, Mantsura, 2007
German: Munich, Bertelsmann, 2007
French: Paris, Libella-Maren Sell, 2008
Italian: Turin, Einaudi, 2008
English: London, Halban, 2012
Azeri (Azerbajan): Baku, Alatoran, 2012
Spanish: Mexico City, Ediciones B, 2016
Turkish: Istanbul, Koton Kitap, forthcoming
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The second edition of the Letters of Israel festival will take place in Paris from September 8 to 18, 2017
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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:
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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: http://www.netanyaaaci.org.il/WebPages/BoxOfficePages/lectures2.htm And for more details about the title click here: http://www.ithl.org.il/page_15644
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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.
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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.
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Yitzchak Mayer's personal website goes live
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Dayan on feminism and writing
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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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