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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
Congratulations to Barabara Harshav for the 2018 PEN Medal for Translation!
The prize is given to a translator whose career has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through the body of their work. Barbara Harshav has been translating works from French, German, Hebrew and Yiddish for over twenty years and has currently published over forty books of translation. Among the many Hebrew authors she has translated: Yoram Kaniuk, Agnon, Yehudit Hendel, Yehuda Amichai and many more.
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!
Congratulations to Ronit Matalon, the recipient of the 2017 Brenner prize for her book 'And the Bride Closed the Door". And, congratulations to Amir ziv, the recipent of the first ever Brenner prize for debut novels.
Ronit Matalon's book tells the story of Margie, a young bride, who shuts herself up in her mother's bedroom and declares that she won’t get married. Her family gathers at the locked door, not knowing what to do. Amir Ziv tells a story that begins as an apparently routine correspondence between a prying citizen, secretly in love with his neighbor, and a conscientious municipal clerk, and developes into an uncovering of a great underlying drama.
The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop April 29 to May 5, 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: Sunday, April 29, 2018 until Saturday, May 5, 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".

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.
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.
MHL - New webzine starting soon!