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Ehud Ben-Ezer

Ehud Ben-Ezer was born to one of the founding families of Petah Tikva in 1936. His family has lived in this once small village since 1878. Ben-Ezer studied philosophy and kabbala at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and then worked as a teacher in new towns in the Negev. He describes his experiences there in his first novel, The Quarry, which was made into a film in 1990. Today, he works as a literary critic in the Hebrew press. Ben-Ezer is a prolific writer: he has published novels, collections of short stories, non-fiction and books for children and youth. His book for young readers, Jedda, received the prestigious Ze`ev Prize (1994), and he has received the Prime Minister`s Prize three times.

Ehud Ben-Ezer

Books Published in Hebrew

The Quarry (novel) , Am Oved, 1963; rev. ed. Astrolog, 2001 [Ha-Machtzeva]
People of Sodom (novel) , Am Oved, 1968; rev. ed. Astrolog, 2001 [Anshei Sdom]
Nor the Battle for the Strong (novel), A. Levin-Epstein, 1971; Astrolog, 2000 [Lo La-Giborim Ha-Milchama]
The Forbidden Fruit (stories), Achiasaf, 1977 [Ha-Pri Ha-Asur]
Efrat (stories), Tarmil, 1978 [Efrat]
Peace of Mind (novel), Zmora-Bitan-Modan, 1979 [Ha-Sheket Ha-Nafshi]
Lovely and Pleasant (novel), Bitan, 1985 [Ha-Neʹehavim Ve-Ha-Neʹimim]
Yearning (stories), Zmora-Bitan, 1987 [Erga]
The Night They Hanged Sergeant Morton (novel), Yedioth Ahronoth, 1994 [Ha-Layla She-Bo Talu Et Serjent Morton]
Three Loves (novel), Astrolog, 2000 [Shalosh Ahavot]
My Village (novel), Astrolog, 2000 [Ha-Moshava Sheli]
My Meat Shop (novel), Astrolog, 2001 [Chanut Ha-Basar Sheli]
The Book of Longings (novel), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2009 [Sefer Ha-Gaʹaguim]
My Travels with Women (novel), Sifrei Makor, 2013 [Masʹotay Im Nashim]
After the Tumult (novel), Sifrei Makor, 2014 [Ve-Ha-Aretz Tirʹad: Saga EretzIsraʹelit Ba-Shanim 1834-1878]
God Shall Help Her and that Right Early: Poems 1955-1995, The Author, 1996; Astrolog, 2005 [Yaʹazreha Elohim Lifnot Boker]
Sand Dunes and Blue Sky: Biography of Nachum Gutman, Yavneh, 1980 [Bein Cholot U-Kchol Shamayim]
Nachum Gutman [introduction & ed.: Ehud Ben-Ezer] (album), Massada, 1984; Modan, 1997 [Nachum Gutman]
Unease in Zion (interviews), Am Oved, 1986 [Ein Shaʹananim Be-Tzion: Sichot Al Mechir Ha-Tzionut]
Shraga Netzer: A Life (biography), Edanim, 1990 [Shraga Netzer: Sipur Hayim]
In the Homeland of Contradictory Longings: The Arab in Hebrew Fiction [introduction & ed.: Ehud Ben-Ezer] (anthology), Zmora-Bitan & The Hebrew Writers Association, 1992 [Bemoledet Ha-gaʹaguim Ha-Menugadim: Ha-Aravi Ba-Sifrut Ha-Ivrit]
The Prose Workshop, The Author, 1997; Astrolog, 2000 [Sadnat Ha-Proza: Ha-Madrich Li-Chtiva Atzmit]
Courage: The Story of Moshe Dayan (biography) , Ministry of Defense, 1997 [Ometz: Sipuro Shel Moshe Dayan]
Days of Gall and Honey: The Biography of the Poetess Esther Raab, Am Oved, 1998 [Yamim Shel Laʹana U-Dvash: Sipur Chayeha Shel Ha-Meshoreret Esther Raab]
Brenner and the Arabs, Astrolog, 2001 [Brenner Ve-Ha-Aravim: Bi-Mlot 80 Le-Heiratzcho]
Educating the Fish: A Testimony about Pinhas Sadeh, Astrolog, 2002 [Lehasbir La-Dagim: Edut Al Pinhas Sadeh]
A Night in the Sleeping Vegetable Garden (children), Massada, 1972 [Layla Be-Ginat Ha-Yerakot Ha-Nirdamim]
Oferit the Fibster (children), Yavneh, 1977 [Oferit Bloferit]
Who Cuts the Barbeʹrs Hair? (children), Yavneh, 1982 [Mi Mesaper Et Ha-Saparim?]
The Treasure of the First Well (youth), Schocken, 1982 [Otzar Ha-Beʹer Ha-Rishona]
Following the Desert Jews (youth), Schocken, 1983 [Be-Ikvot Yehudei Ha-Midbar]
The Bargain (children), Haetgar, 1985 [Ha-Metzia]
Sailing in a Watermelon Peel (youth) , Rachgold, 1987 [Lashut Bi-Klipat Avatiach]
When Israel Went Out of Egypt: The Story of Exodus (children), Yavneh, 1987 [Be-Tzet Israel Mi-Mitzrayim]
50 Adolescent Cracks (youth), Rachgold, 1987 [50 Shirei Mitbagrim]
Now Summer, Now Ice-cream! (youth) , Yavneh, 1989 [Achshav Kayitz, Achshav Glida!]
Riders on the Yarkon River (youth) , Sreberk, 1989 [Parashim Al Ha-Yarkon]
40 Israeli Teenagersʹ Stories (youth), R. Sirkis, 1991 [Yetshupar Ha-Noʹar!: 40 Sipurei Hitbagrut Shel Banim U-Vanot]
Jedda: The Story of Abraham Shapira, the Village Guard (youth), Am Oved, Yad Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, 1993 [Jedda: Sipuro Shel Avraham Shapira, Shomer Ha-Moshava]
The Girl From the Sea (children-picture bk), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1996 [Ha-Yalda Min Ha-Yam]
Davie Fafel (children-picture bk) , Matar, 1996 [Dudu Fafel]
Hosni the Dreamer: An Arabian Tale (children-picture bk) , 1st pub. (English): Farrar Strauss Giroux, 1997

Books in Translation

German: Neu Isenburg, Semit Edition im Melzer, 2004  

Unease in Zion
English: New York, Quadrangle, 1974  

Sand Dunes and Blue Sky
Russian: Jerusalem, Aliya, 1990  

Sleepwalkers & Other Stories: The Arab in Hebrew Fiction (ed. Ehud Ben Ezer)
English: New York, Lynne Rienner, 1999; London, Lynne Rienner, 1999
Arabic: Lebanon, Dar al-Hamraa, 2001  

Hosni the Dreamer: An Arabian Tale
English: New York, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997; Canada HarperCollins , 1997
Afrikaans: Southafrica, Anansi, 1997 
Korean: Seoul, Kemongsa, 2002
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"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!
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