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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]
The West Side (essays), Afik, 2017 [Tzad Ma'arav]

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


Selected Poems

German: Berlin, Matthes & Seitz Berlin, 2017

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!
Congratulations to Ronit Matalon, the recipient of the 2017 Brenner prize for her book 'And the Bride Closed the Door". And, congratulations to Amir ziv, the recipent of the first ever Brenner prize for debut novels.
Ronit Matalon's book tells the story of Margie, a young bride, who shuts herself up in her mother's bedroom and declares that she won’t get married. Her family gathers at the locked door, not knowing what to do. Amir Ziv tells a story that begins as an apparently routine correspondence between a prying citizen, secretly in love with his neighbor, and a conscientious municipal clerk, and developes into an uncovering of a great underlying drama.
The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop April 29 to May 5, 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: Sunday, April 29, 2018 until Saturday, May 5, 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,
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

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.
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:
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.
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.
MHL - New webzine starting soon!