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Love for Beginners

Nava Semel
AGE: 10-15

These are bittersweet stories of young love, first kisses and secret dreams.
A young Israeli girl falls in love with Mikey from the USA and an Elvis Presley fan. She hides her love and makes fun of him, but he is not ashamed to admit he loves her.
In the 1930s, a British paratrooper lands in a Jewish settlement and is injured. Seventeen-year-old Tamara takes care of him. Although he is an "enemy," Tamara falls in love with him and imagines herself a princess.
When Orik`s father suddenly dies, his friend Arik goes to his home during the seven-day mourning period. That week, the first man lands on the moon and Orik and Arik imagine they`re the astronauts going into space. "What wouldn`t we do to kiss the prettiest girl in the class?" wonders a boy in drama class. He wants to play the ass in Shakespeare`s A Midsummer Night`s Dream to get that kiss. In the meantime, Tom’s parents are getting divorced. A classmate helps Tom over this crisis; she is a science buff, and her name is also Tom.
These stories take place at different times - only love is something that never changes.

English translation available (for publishers only)

Love for Beginners
Title Love for Beginners
Author’s Last Name Semel
Author's First Name Nava
Language(s) German, Italian, Czech, Slovak
Genre youth
Publisher (Hebrew) Yedioth Ahronoth
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2006
No. Pages 97 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Eich Matchilim Ahava
Representation Represented by ITHL


Italian: Casale Monferrato, Sonda, 2007
Czech: Praque, Albatros, 2009
German: Berlin, Jacoby & Stuart, 2010
Slovak: Bratislava, Q111, 2011
"An original, extraordinary book" The Brenner prize committee
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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.
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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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