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Dan Tsalka

Dan Tsalka (1936-2005) was born in Warsaw, Poland, and spent many years during World War II in Siberia and Kazakhstan. In 1946, he returned to Poland where he studied philosophy and literature. He immigrated to Israel in 1957, continued his studies, and later went to study in Grenoble, France. Tsalka taught at Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion Universities, and was writer-in-residence at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was also literary advisor to the Players' Stage Theater and editor of the literary supplement Masa. Tsalka published novels, books of short stories, books of poetry, collections of essays, an autobiography and books for youth. He received several awards, including the Prime Minister's Prize three times (1972; 1991; 1997) the Brenner Prize (1976), the Alterman Prize (1992), the ACUM prize twice (1994; 2000) and the Sapir Prize for Tsalka's ABC (2004).

Dan Tsalka

Books Published in Hebrew

Dr. Barkel and His Son Michael (novel), The Hebrew Writers Association, Massada, 1967; Am Oved, 1993 [Doktor Barkel U-Vno Michael]
Dialogue of Creatures (stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1967 [Siach Ha-Bruʹim]
Bassoon Wood (stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1973 [Etz Ha-Bassoon]
Noon (poetry), Siman Kriah/ University Publishing Projects, 1974 [Tzohorayim: Poʹema]
Philip Arbes (novel), Siman Kriah/ University Publishing Projects, 1977; Zmora-Bitan, 1996 [Philip Arbes]
Children of the Sun (stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1979 [Yaldei Ha-Shemesh: 4 Giborim]
The Third Voyage of the Aldebaran (youth), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1979; Zmora-Bitan, 1995 [Ha-Masah Ha-Shelishi Shel Ha-"Aldebaran"]
Gloves (novel), Am Oved, 1982 [Kfafot]
Perahia Among the Pirates (youth), Am Oved, 1984 [Frachya Bein Shodedei Ha-Yam]
The Angels’ Game (stories), Am Oved, 1986 [Mischak Ha-Malʹachim]
Poems and Translations (poetry), Proza, 1986 [Shirim Ve-Tirgumim]
Bookmarks (essays), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1987 [Simaniyot: Ktaʹim, Maʹamarim, Masot]
Winter Rite (stories & play) , Zmora-Bitan, 1989 [Pulchan Choref]
A Thousand Hearts [2 vols.] (novel) , Am Oved, 1991; new ed. Xargol/ Am Oved, 2008 [Elef Levavot]
The War Between the Children of the Earth and the Children of the Pit (youth), Am Oved, 1992 [Milchemet Benei Eretz Bi-Vnei Shachat: Turgam Mi-Lshon Ha-Midbar Bi-Ydei Dan Tsalka]
Loose Pages Bound (essays), Zmora-Bitan, 1993 [Dapim Mehudakim Be-Atav]
Clouds (novel) , Zmora-Bitan, 1994 [Ananim]
Yehoash and the Chariot (stories), Zmora-Bitan, 1997 [Yehoash Ve-Rochvei Ha-Merkava Ha-Shmeimit]
Enticement and Gift (prose, poems & translations), Zmora-Bitan, 1998 [Ha-Pitui Ve-Ha-Shai]
Morocco: Travel Notes (travel), Xargol, 2001 [Maroko: Yoman Masa]
Under the Sign of the Lotus (novel), Xargol, 2002 [Be-Siman Ha-Lotus]
Tristia (poetry), Even Hoshen, 2002 [Tristia]
Tsalka’s ABC (autobiography), Xargol, 2003 [Sefer Ha-Alef-Bet]
11 stories, Xargol, 2004 [11 Sipurim]

Books in Translation

German: Stuttgart/Munich, dva, 2002; pback: Munich, dtv, 2006
German: Gerlingen, Bleicher, 1997

On the Road to Aleppo: A Book of Stories
English: Ra`anana, Even Hoshen, 1999

Tsalka’s ABC
Spanish: Madrid, Losada, 2006

Under the Sign of the Lotus
French: Paris, Denoel, 2005
German: Stuttgart, dva, 2007
Dutch: Amsterdam, de Arbeiderspers, 2005

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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