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Shin Shifra

Shin Shifra (1931-2012) was born to a family that has lived in Jerusalem since the mid-19th century. She studied kabbala, Hebrew literature and education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University. Later, she also studied the Sumerian and Akkadian languages at Bar Ilan University. Shifra taught creative writing and lectured on ancient near-eastern literature at Tel Aviv University. She published poetry, fiction, interviews with Israeli writers, literary criticism, a children's book and translations of Sumerian and Akkadian literature. Shifra received the Ze'ev Prize (2001), an Andersen Honor Citation (2001), the Amichai Prize for Poetry (2001), the President's Prize (2004), the Brenner Prize for Poetry for Whispering Silk (2008) and the EMET Prize (2010).

Shin Shifra

Books Published in Hebrew

POETRY
A Womanʹs Song, Machbarot Lesifrut, 1962 [Shir Isha]
The Next Step, Machbarot Lesifrut, 1968 [Ha-Tzaʹad Ha-Ba]
Desert Poems, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1972 [Shirei Midbar]
Poems 1973-1985, Am Oved, 1987 [Hatzavim Nerot Neshama]
A Woman Who Practices How to Live, Zmora-Bitan, 2001 [Isha She-Mitʹamenet Be-Lichyot: Shirim 1986-1999]
Whispering Silk, Zmora-Bitan, 2007 [Meshi Lachashta Li]
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PROSE
From the Oven to the Pool (non-fiction), Sifriat Proza Meida, 1982 [Bein Tanur Li-Vreicha]
The Sand Street (stories) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Yedioth Ahronoth, 1994 [Rehov Ha-Hol]
From Ancient Stories to Kings and Prophets (non-fiction), Am Oved, 2003 [Me-Alilot Reshit Ad Melachim U-Neviʹim]
Words as Magic and the Magic in Words (non-fiction), Ministry of Defense, 2008 [Ha-Milim Ke-Chishuf, Ve-Ha-Kishuf She-Ba-Milim]
Woman Is Just an Arena (stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2012 [Isha Hi Rak Zira]
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CHILDREN & YOUTH
The Epic of Gilgamesh (youth), Am Oved, 2000 [Alilot Gilgamesh]
The Tales of Anzu the Great Eagle (children) , Am Oved, 2009 [Alilot Anzu Ha-Nesher Ha-Gadol]
The Descend of Ishtar to the Underworld (youth), Am Oved, 2012 [Alilot Inanna-Ishtar Ba-Shʹol]

Books in Translation

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