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Orly Castel-Bloom

Orly Castel-Bloom was born in Tel Aviv in 1960 to parents originally from Egypt. After studying film at the Beit Zvi Institute and Tel Aviv University, she published her first collection of stories in 1987 and has been a leading voice in Hebrew literature ever since, constantly expanding the boundaries of the Hebrew language as well as of narrative style. Castel-Bloom has lectured at Harvard University, UCLA, UC Berkeley, New York University as well as at Oxford and Cambridge Universities; at present she teaches creative writing at Tel Aviv University. She has published novels, collections of short stories, and a book for children. Her postmodern classic, Dolly City, has been included in UNESCO's Collection of Representative Works, and was nominated in 2007 one of the ten most important books since the creation of the State of Israel. Castel-Bloom has received the Tel Aviv Foundation Award (1990), the Alterman Prize for Innovation (1993), the Prime Minister's Prize three times (1994; 2001; 2011), the Newman Prize (2003), the French WIZO Prize for Human Parts (2005) and the Lea Goldberg Prize (2007). Her books have been published abroad in 11 languages.


"The greatest Israeli fiction writer of her time." - Haaretz


Orly Castel-Bloom

Books in Translation

Dutch: Amsterdam, Wereldbibliotheek. 1992
French: Arles, Actes Sud, 1995
Dutch: Amsterdam, Wereldbibliotheek. 1993
French: Arles, Actes Sud, 1993; pback: Babel, 2008
German: Reinbeck, Rowohlt, 1995; pback: 1998
English: London, Loki Books, 1997; Champaign, IL, Dalkey Archive, 2010
Swedish: Stockholm, Ordfront, 1998
Greek: Athens, Kastaniotis, 2000
Italian: Viterbo, Stampa Alternativa, 2008
Spanish: Mexico, Turner, forthcoming
French: Arles, Actes Sud, 1998
Chinese: Beijing, China Social Sciences, 1998
German: Munich, Piper (Malik), 1998
Italian: Milan, Mondadori, 2000
French: Arles, Actes Sud, 2003
English: Toronto, Key Porter, 2003; Boston, David Godine, 2003
Italian: Rome, e/o, 2003
Portuguese: Rio de Janeiro, Imago, 2003
French: Arles, Actes Sud, 2004
German: Munich, Piper, 2004
Arabic: Haifa, Kul Shee, 2007
French: Arles, Actes Sud, 2008
Polish: Izabelin, Swiat Ksiazki, 2011
Italian: Rome, Atmosphere Libri, 2011
English: New York, Feminist Press, 2013

Selected Stories

Chinese: Hefei, Anhui Literature & Art Pubs, 2007
French: Arles, Actes Sud, forthcoming

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