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Mishka Ben-David

Mishka Ben-David was born in 1952 in Israel. He holds an MA in comparative literature from the University of Wisconsin and a PhD in Hebrew literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ben-David served for 12 years in the Mossad; he has also been the principal of a Jerusalem high school and director of a community center, as well as lecturing at the Open University. Ben-David has published four bestselling spy thrillers, as well as novels, short stories and research studies. An Israeli-German-Canadian co-production led by Bavaria Pictures is now adapting his spy novels for an international TV series; Duet in Beirut will be the first in the series. Ben-David has been awarded the Harrey Harshon Prize twice (1976; 1977), the Rabinovich Foundation Award (1984), the Prime Minister's Prize (2002), the Book Publishers Association's Gold Prize for his thrillers (2010; 2011; 2012) and the Publishers Association's Platinum Prize for Final Stop, Algiers (2013).

Mishka Ben-David

Books Published in Hebrew

Old Man (stories), Alef, 1979 [Zaken]
I Have Not Seen Happy Soldiers (novella), Tarmil, 1982; Keset, 1987; ext. ed. Ramat Raziel: Keset, 2003; Keter, 2013 [Chayalim Smechim; Lo Raʹiti Chayalim Smechim]
Another Love (novella), Tarmil, 1984 [Ahava Acheret]
Margulis Goes to Vegas (stories), Sifriat Poalim, 1984 [Margulis Noseʹa Le-Vegas]
The Last Escape (novel), Sifriat Maariv, 1984 [Ha-Bricha-Ha-Acharona: Tasrit Politi]
Soldiers Are Happy, People Are Not (novellas), Zmora-Bitan, 1988 [Chayalim Smechim, Anashim Lo Kol Kach]
From Pleshet to Ziklag: Literature of the War of 1948 (non-fiction), Tarmil, 1990 [Mi-Pleshet Ad Ziklag]
The Book of Limited Possibilities (novel), Sifriat Maariv, 2000 [Sefer Ha-Efsharuyot Ha-Mugbalot]
Duet in Beirut (suspense) , Keter, 2002; 2015 [Duet Be-Beirut]
God In Love (novel), Sifriat Maariv, 2005 [Elohim Meʹohav]
Encounter in Berlin (suspense), Maariv, 2006 [Mifgash Be-Berlin]
Forbidden Love in St. Petersburg (suspense) , Keter, 2008, 2015 [Ahava Asura Be-Peterburg]
Last Visit to Moscow (suspense), Keter, 2010 [Bikur Acharon Be-Moskva]
Love, Life and Death (non-fiction), Yedioth Ahronoth, 2011 [Ha-Chayim, Ha-Ahava, Ha-Mavet: Masa Le-Gibusha Shel Filisofya Al Pi Ha-Mada]
Final Stop, Algiers (suspense) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2012 [Tachana Sofit Aljir]
Gene, Zen and the Art of Horseback Riding (novel), Yedioth Ahronoth, 2013 [Sof Ha-Meirotz O: Gen, Zen Ve-Omanut Ha-Rechiva]
Where Is Mina (novel), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2015 [Eifo Mina]
The Tale of Squirrel and Mouse (children-picture bk) , Keter, 2015 [Ha-Achbar Ve-Ha-Sna'i: Ani - Ata, Ata - Ani]

Books in Translation

English: London, Halban, 2013; New York, Overlook, 2015; pback: New York, Overlook, 2016
Turkish: Istanbul, Koton, 2014
Turkish: Istanbul, Koton, 2013
English: London, Halban, 2015; New York, Overlook, 2016; pback, 2017
English: London, Halban, 2017; New York, Overlook, 2017
Turkish: Istanbul, Koton, 2016
Korean: Goyang, Booklight, 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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