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Falafel Oslo

Amir Ben-David
Lennon Lombroso was born in Tiberias on the day John Lennon was shot in New York. He got his unusual first name because his father, a dedicated Beatles fan and the owner of the Fab Four falafel stand, was convinced that the soul of his favorite musician had been reincarnated in his newborn son. Relatives and rabbis warned that the name was a bad omen—a prophecy that comes true more than twenty years later, when Lennon falls in love with a young Norwegian girl working as a volunteer on a kibbutz. After a journey of self discovery to the Far East, he decides to follow his heart to Oslo, where Mona awaits him. And it is in tranquil, tolerant Oslo that Lennon discovers the power of his Israeli heritage. He sets up a business—Falafel Oslo—hangs up a sign that describes falafel as “Israel’s national dish” and to his amazement is swept into a worldwide political and legal maelstrom. Among those involved are Palestinian activists who are angry at the description of falafel—originally an Arab food—as Israeli; xenophobic Norwegian right-wingers and European left-wingers who fight with them; cynical, publicity-seeking lawyers and media people, as well as zealous Israeli patriots unwilling to surrender a beloved national symbol. Falafel Oslo—written before the terrible massacre in Norway in July 2011—is a riveting, insightful and sometimes satirical novel that examines notions of destiny and identity, and measures the similarities and differences between Oriental and Occidental cultures, between the longing for peace and infatuation with blind, violent force.

What an original, all-encompassing book this is! See for yourselves!

A dizzying journey in search of Israeli identity... Riveting.
Yedioth Ahronoth

Plumbs stormy human depths... A humdinger of a book.
Maariv NRG

Title Falafel Oslo
Author’s Last Name Ben-David
Author's First Name Amir
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Xargol/ Am Oved
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2011
No. Pages 322 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Falafel Oslo
Representation Represented by ITHL
"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)
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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,
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