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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
"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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