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Yitzhak Laor

Yitzhak Laor, poet, novelist, essayist and playwright, was born in Pardes Hannah, Israel, in 1948. He received his PhD in theater and literature from Tel Aviv University, and writes editorials and literary reviews for the Hebrew daily Haaretz. In 1972, Laor was jailed for refusing to serve in the occupied territories, and his leftist opinions, expressed in his work, have continually nettled Israel's mainstream establishment. In 2005, Laor founded and became editor of Mita'am, a Review of Literature and Radical Thought, which was a major arena for intellectual debate.
Laor has published many collections of poetry, as well as novels, short stories, collections of essays and one play. Among his literary awards: the Prime Minister's Prize, twice (1991; 2001), the Bernstein Prize for Poetry (1992), the Hebrew Literature Award (1994), the Moses Award (1998) and the Amichai Poetry Prize (2007).

Yitzhak Laor

Books Published in Hebrew

Going Away, Sifriat Poalim, 1982 [Nesiʹah]
Only the Body Can Remember, Adam, 1985 [Rak Ha-Guf Zocher]
Poems in the Valley of Iron, Am Oved, 1990 [Shirim Be-Emek Ha-Barzel]
A Night in a Foreign Hotel, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1992 [Laila Be-Malon Zar]
And Loveth Many Days, Hakibbutz Hameuchad/Siman Kriah, 1996 [Ohav Yamim]
Poems, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1999 [Ke-Ayin]
Poems 1974-1992, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2002 [Shirim 1974-1992]
Leviathan City, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2004 [Ir Ha-Liviatan]
Let My Son Rise, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2007 [Yaʹamod Bni: Shirim 2005-2007]
The Herd Book, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2012 [Sefer Ha-Eder]
Selected Poetry: Selected and New Poems 1982-2016, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Bialik Institute, 2017 [Hayim Echad: Nivchar Ve-Shirim Chadashim 1982-2016]
Outside the Fence (stories), Keter, 1981 [Mehutz La-Gader]
Ephraim Goes Back to the Army (play), Timon, 1987 [Ephraim Hozer La-Tzava]
The People, Food for Kings (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1993; Yedioth Ahronoth, 2013 [Am, Maʹachal Melachim]
Narratives With No Natives (essays), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1995 [Anu Kotvim Otach Moledet]
And With My Spirit My Corpse (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/Siman Kriah/Yedioth Ahronoth, 1998 [Ve-Im Ruhi Geviyati]
Early Stories (stories), Keter, 2000 [Ba-Aviv Aharei Ha-Miluʹim]
Ecce Homo (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2002 [Hineh Adam]
Things that Are Better (Not) Kept Silent (essays), Babel, 2002 [Dvarim She-Ha-Shtika (Lo) Yafa Lahem]
As Much As You Give Me (novella & stories) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2006 [Vered Tzela: Sipurim]
Hanoch Levinʹs Drama (non-fiction), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2010 [Hanoch Levin: Monographya]
An Everlasting Love (novel), Yedioth Ahronoth, 2014 [Ahavat Olam]

Books in Translation

German: Zurich, Unionsverlag, 2005
And With My Spirit My Corpse 
German: Zurich, Unionsverlag, 2003 

Ephraim Goes Back to the Army
Dutch: Amstelveen, Cypres, 1990 

The Myths of Liberal Zionism
French original: Paris, la Fabrique, 2007
English: London, Verso, 2009
Spanish: Barcelona, Bellaterra, 2012
Greek: Athens, Agra, 2011
Congratulations to Zeruya Shalev and Shifra Horn for receiving the 2017 Adei Wizo Prize.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award! The books on the longlist are selected by 400 libraries worldwide. Titles are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library.
The second edition of the Letters of Israel festival will take place in Paris from September 8 to 18, 2017
After the success of its first edition, the Lettres d'Israël festival is gaining momentum, with an enriched program: meetings, conversations, readings , Theater, major authors and discoveries. Zeruya Shalev, Orly Castel-bloom, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Iris Argaman, and many more will participate. Click here for the full program:
Call for application: Artists in Residence Programme in Austria. Please note the deadline: September 18th, 2017.
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies to visual artists / art photographers / composers / video and media artists / writers / literary translators and arts and cultural educators in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2018. For more details:
Yizhak Mayer: "Meet the Author" Event
Ambassador Yizhak Mayer, author of the moving book “Silent Letter” will hold a “meet the author” event in Netanya. For further info about the event: And for more details about the title click here:
ITHL director on Grossman's win
"Grossman winning is not only his own achievement, but the achievement of the Hebrew literature as a whole", - Nilli Cohen on the first Hebrew author to receive Man Booker International Prize. Click here for the full article in Hebrew.
Chana Bloch dies at 77
Chana Bloch, a revered poet and translator from Hebrew and Yiddish, has sadly passed away earlier this month. Among her many remarkable achievements is the wonderful translation of a collection of poems by Dahlia Ravikovitch​ (W. W. Norton & Company). Chana will be greatly missed.
Yitzchak Mayer's personal website goes live
English edition of Yitzchak Mayer's amazing "Silent Letter" is about to come out with Mosaic Press. Learn more about the author's incredible life story on his brand new website.
Dayan on feminism and writing
Following the release of "Transitions" in English, Yael Dayan talks to Lilith Magazine about her past aspirations and present pursuits. Click here to read the full interview.
Gundar-Goshen's Op-Ed for Time
To mark the US publication of "Waking Lions" Ayelet Gundar-Goshen talks about the refugee crisis, internal walls and people behind them in the op-ed for Time. Click here to read the article.
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