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The Black Hills of Dakota

Meir Agassi
In this story of a persecuted and abused twelve-year-old boy, Agassi leaves no myth intact. The setting is a mediocre kibbutz in the 1950s. Living in the shadow of past catastrophes and future worries, Zali's parents speak Yiddish and dwell in a diaspora greyness, untouched by the Mediterranean sun. Weak little Zali has nothing of the sabra about him and is subjected to the kibbutz children's brutality. His mother believes that all kibbutz children are happy because they know nothing about anti-Semitism. Over everything hangs the image of Zali's dead brother, whom he fantasizes to be a Hollywood star.

Koteret Rashit

A dry, credible bitterness pervades this impressive first novel... This is criticism without mercy or compromise, but Agassi never lets the extremely emotional storybecome maudlin.

Agassi The Black Hills of Dakota
Title The Black Hills of Dakota
Author’s Last Name Agassi
Author's First Name Meir
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Zmora-Bitan
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1987
No. Pages 258 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-Gvaʹot Ha-Shchorot Shel Dakota
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)
Details in the attached link
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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