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Yosef Bar-Yosef

Yosef Bar-Yosef was born in Jerusalem in 1933 to an Orthodox family, seventh generation native to Eretz Israel. He studied Jewish philosophy, kabbala and English literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After working in the merchant navy and in construction, he later became a journalist and editor.
A well-known playwright, Bar-Yosef has written 14 plays, which have been performed in all Israel`s major theaters. Over the last 15 years, many of them have been produced in Russia: mainly Moscow and St Petersburg; also in the Ukraine, Latvia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, India, Brazil and the UK. Bar-Yosef has received, among other awards, the President`s Prize and the Israel Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Theater (2003).

Yosef Bar-Yosef

Books Published in Hebrew

Tura, Amikam, 1963 [Tura]
The Sheep, Anili, 1970 [Ha-Kivsa]
Hardheaded Folks, Siman Kriah/ University Publishing Projects, 1973; Am Oved, 1987 [Anashim Kashim]. See below.
The Orchard, Am Oved, 1985 [Ha-Pardes]. See below.
Four Plays: The Orchard; Butchie; Hardheaded Folks; Tura, Am Oved, 1986 [Anashim Kashim: Arbaʹa Machazot]. See below.
Winter Feast, Pan, 1992 [Chagigat Choref]
The Wide Winged-Sea; Elkaʹs Gold, Carmel, 1999 [Ze Ha-Yam Ha-Gadol; Ha-Zahav Shel Elka]. See below.
Hardheaded Folks [Difficult People]: Plays 1963-2010 (plays) , Dvir, Ben-Gurion University/ Heksherim, 2011 [Anashim Kashim: Machazot 1963-2010]
Salty Lips (stories), Ktavim, 1954 [Sfatayim Meluchot]
A Blaze in the Fire Zone (novel), Massada, 1956 [Dleika Be-Ezor Ha-Esh]
The Life and Death of Yonatan Argaman (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1959 [Chayav U-Moto Shel Yonatan Argaman]
Water Pits (stories), Alef, 1962 [Borot Ha-Mayim]
Not in this House (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2007 [Lo Ba-Bayit Ha-Zeh]
Who Gives a Damn about Dreams (novel) , Zmora-Bitan, 2009 [Le-Mi Ichpat Me-Chalomot]
Tamara (novel), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2010 [Tamara]
This Old Baldy on the Bicycle (autobiographical novel), Even Hoshen, 2015 [Ha-Zaken Ha-Zeh Ha-Keire'ach Al Ha-Ofanayim]
Tura [Cameri, 1963]
The Sheep [Haifa, 1970]
Hardheaded Folks [Haifa, 1973; Rio de Janeiro, 1975; Habima, 1987; Sovremennik Theatre, Moscow, 1992]
Wedding [Habima, 1974]
A Walk with a Child [Haifa, 1975]
The Roof and the Balcony [Haifa, 1975]
Yasha Goren [Haifa & Cameri, 1978]
The Spot [Neve Tzedek, 1982]
Butchie [Haifa, 1984]
The Orchard [Habima, 1985; Gorky Theatre, Samara, 1993]
Elkaʹs Gold [Gold] [Habima, 1989; Moscow, 1999]
Winter Feast [Habima, 1992]
Father of the Groom [Cameri, 1997]
Cooper [Beit Lessin, 1998]
The Table [Tzavtaʹs Short Theatre Festival, 2001]
The Wide Winged-Sea [Kiev National Academic Theatre of Drama and Comedy, 2003; Cameri, 2007]
The "Nizkor" of the Mayor of Jerusalem [Khan, 2011]

Books in Translation

English: Tel Aviv, Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature, 1975
German: Munich, Stueckgut Theater, 1986
Hindi: Delhi, Parag Prakashan, 1984
Russian: Real Teatre, 1998

Elka's Gold
Russian: Real Teatre, 1998

The Orchard
Russian: Real Teatre, 1998

Selected Plays
Russian: Moscow, Text, 2001
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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