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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]
The Shark (novel), Tchelet, 2017 [Ha-Karish]

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

Spanish: Buenos Aires, Leviathan, forthcoming

"An original, extraordinary book" The Brenner prize committee
Congratulations to Noga Albalach, winner of the 2018 Brenner prize for her book "The Old Man (Farewell)".
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.
Call for applications English speakers: Stay culture in Paris (deadline: June 12th, 2018)
Details in the attached link
Congratulations to Sami Berdugo and Shoham Smith, recipients of the 2018 Bialik Prize, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in Israel!

The Ministry of Culture and Sport announced the names of the winners of the Arik Einstein Veterans Artists Prize.
A prize of 50,000 NIS was given to each of the 21 artists who worked and are still working to promote Israeli culture in various fields -Music, dance, theater, plastic arts, cinema and literature. In the literature category the winners were Ronny Someck, Jacob Buchan and Shlomit Cohen-Assif. Also, Anat Masiach is among the recipient of the prize for debut literary works. Congratulations!
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,
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

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