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Nathan Shaham

Nathan Shaham was born in Tel Aviv in 1925. He fought in the elite Palmach unit during Israel's 1948 War of Independence and has been a member of Kibbutz Beit Alfa since 1945. Shaham has served as cultural attache in New York, vice-chairman of the Israel Broadcasting Authority, and editor-in-chief of Sifriat Poalim Publishing House. Shaham is a well-known fiction writer and dramatist. He has published over 40 books. He has received, among others awards, the Shlonsky Prize (1958), the Bialik Prize (1988), the American National Jewish Book Award (1992), the Neuman Prize (1993), the ADAI-WIZO Prize for The Rosendorf Quartet (Italy, 2005) the Prime Minister's Prize (2007) and the Israel Prize for Literature (2012).

Nathan Shaham

Books Published in Hebrew

Grain and Lead (stories), Sifriat Poalim, 1948 [Dagan Ve-Oferet]
The Gods Are Lazy (stories), Sifriat Poalim, 1949 [Ha-Elim Atzelim]
Always Us (stories), Sifriat Poalim, 1952 [Tamid Anachnu]
A Stone on the Wellʹs Mouth (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1956 [Even Al Pi Ha-Beʹer]
Veteransʹ Housing (stories), Sifriat Poalim, 1958 [Shikun Vatikim]
The Wisdom of the Poor (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1960 [Chochmat Ha-Misken]
Citrus Scent (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1962 [Reyach Hadarim]
The Book of Portraits (stories), Sifriat Poalim, 1968 [Sefer Ha-Dioknaʹot]
First Person Plural (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1968 [Guf Rishon Rabim]
Round Trip (novel), Am Oved, 1972 [Haloch Va-Shov]
Witness for the King (novel), Am Oved, 1975 [Ed Ha-Melech]
Talk to the Wind (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1975 [Daber El Ha-Ruach]
The Other Side of the Wall (novellas), Am Oved, 1977 [Kirot Etz Dakim]
Green Autumn (stories), Sifriat Poalim, 1979 [Stav Yarok]
Bone to the Bone (novel) , Am Oved, 1981 [Etzem El Atzmo]
Still Silent Voice (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1983 [Dmama Daka]
The Streets of Ashkelon (novellas), Am Oved, 1985 [Chutzot Ashkelon]
The Rosendorf Quartet (novel) , Am Oved, 1987; Am Oved/ Yedioth Ahronoth, 2011 [Revi'iyat Rosendorf]
Series (novel) , Am Oved, 1992 [Sidra]
Hot Dogs (stories), Sifriat Poalim, 1993 [Naknikiyot Chamot]
The Heart of Tel Aviv (novel) , Am Oved, 1996 [Lev Tel Aviv]
Expect a Letter (stories), Sifriat Poalim, 1999 [Michtav Ba-Derech]
Rosendorfʹs Shadow (novel) , Am Oved, 2001 [Tzilo Shel Rosendorf]
A Bell in Ch’ongiu (novel) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2005 [Paʹamon Be-Tshongiu]
The Exodus Foundation (novel) , Zmora-Bitan, 2006 [Keren Exodus]
Far Away From Tashkent (novel), Zmora Bitan, 2008 [Harchek Mi-Tashkent]
Tabula Rasa (novel), Zmora-Bitan, 2010 [Luach Chalak]
Dormant Account (novel) , Zmora-Bitan, 2013 [Cheshbon Radum]
Itʹs Time to Discover (children), Sifriat Poalim, 1959; 1963; 1986 [Kvar Mutar Legalot]
Thatʹs Because (children), Sifriat Poalim, 1964 [Zebiglal]
Who Sent the Bird (children), Sifriat Poalim, 1972 [Mi Shalach Et Ha-Tzipor]
Meetings in Moscow (non-fiction), Sifriat Poalim, 1957 [Pgishot Be-Moskva]
The Journey to the Land of Kush (travel), Massada, 1962 [Masa Le-Eretz Kush]
A Journey in Eretz Israel (travel), Levin-Epstein, 1966 [Masa Be-Eretz Israel]
Mountain and Home (non-fiction), Sifriat Poalim, 1984 [Ha-Har Ve Ha-Bayit]
Four in One Bar (non-fiction), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1987 [Arbaʹa Be-Teiva Achat]
Sealed Book (non-fiction), Sifriat Poalim, 1988 [Sefer Chatum]
The Desert Generation (non-fiction), Sifriat Poalim, 1991 [Dor Ha-Midbar]
Goodbye Friends (non-fiction), Dvir, 2004 [Shalom Chaverim]
Mum (memoir), Zmora-Bitan, 2015 [Sipur Ha-Kisuy Ha-Kaful Shel Ima Sheli]
Theyʹll Be Here Tomorrow, Sifriat Poalim, 1949; Or Am, 1989 [Hem Yagiu Machar]
Call Me Siomka, Sifriat Poalim, 1950; Or Am, 1989 [Kra Li Siomka]
Yohanan Bar Hama, Sifriat Poalim, 1952 [Yohanan Bar Hama]
New Account, Or-Am, 1989 [Cheshbon Chadash]
Theyʹll Arrive Tomorrow [Cameri, 1950]
Call Me Siomka [Cameri, 1950]
New Account [Cameri, 1954]
Four Eyes and a Pencil [Zuta, 1961]
Cost Price [Zuta, 1961]
The Bicycle [Bimat Hakibbutz, 1963]

Books in Translation

English: New York, Grove Press, 1993
German: Frankfurt, Dvora/Alibaba, 1990; pback: Frankfurt, Insel/Suhrkamp, 1994
English: New York, Grove Weidenfeld, 1991; pback: New York, Grove Press, 1993
Russian: Jerusalem, Biblioteka Aliya, 1994
Chinese: Guangzhou, Flower City, 1995
Czech: Prague, Paseka, 2001
Italian: Florence, Giuntina, 2004
Spanish: Buenos Aires, Leviatán, 2014

This Land We Love
English: New York, Sabra Books, 1970

The Other Side of the Wall
English: Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society, 1983

They'll Be Here Tomorrow (play)
English: Jerusalem, World Zionist Organization, 1957

The Anglers (play)
English: Tel Aviv, Council for Art and Culture, (date unknown)

Missing Persons (play)
English: Jerusalem, Kol Israel, 1960
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Call for application: Artists in Residence Programme in Austria. Please note the deadline: September 18th, 2017.
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