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Ortsion Bartana

Ortsion Bartana was born in 1949 in Tel Aviv, and still lives in his native city. He received his MA in literature and philosophy from Tel Aviv University and his PhD in Hebrew literature from Bar Ilan University. He is now professor of Hebrew literature at the Ariel University Center. Bartana has served as chairman of the Hebrew Writers Association and editor of Moznayim, the association's journal, and as president of PEN Israel. He has received several awards, among them the Wollenrod Prize (1982), the Kugel Prize (1993), the Bernstein Prize for Literary Studies (1985; 1993) and the Brenner Prize for Poetry (1997).

Books Published in Hebrew
Every Tree has its Sky, Karni, 1967 [Le-Col Ilan Shamayim]
Tormented Travels, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1975 [Masa'ot Redufim]
Islands and Counties, Sifriat Poalim, 1980 [Iyim U-Mechozot]
A Wonderful Place, Sifriat Poalim, 1987 [Makom Nifla]
Courtyards (poetic prose), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1991 [Chatzerot]
A Stroll Behind the House, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1993 [Tiyul Me-Achorei Ha-Bayit]
Bird in Hand, Bitan, 1996 [Tzipor Ba-Yad: Mivchar Shirim 1967-1996]
Love for Balkonies Plants, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2001 [Ahava Le-Tzimchei Mirpasot]
Noah's Ark. Maybe (satirical poetry), Tamuz, 2006 [Teivat Noach. Ulai]
After the Rain, Keshev, 2015 [Acharei Ha-Geshem: Shirim Chadashim U-Mivchar Shirim 1964-2014] 

Bonfires (stories), Sifriat Poalim, 1985 [Sreifot]
The Best Hours are the Night Hours (two novellas), Maariv, 1994 [Ha-Sha'ot Ha-Tovot Hen Sh'ot Ha-Layla]
The Place Where Everything Begins (novel), Emda, 2011 [Ha-Makom She-Bo Ha-Kol Matchil]

Studies in the Works of S. Y. Abramovitz, Dekel, 1979 [Mendele Mocher Sfarim: Iyun Bikorti Be-Michlol Yetzirato Shel Abramovitz] 
Testimonial Readings, Papyrus, 1982 [Edut Kri'a] 
Vouchers and Vanguards, Dvir, 1983 [Tlushim Va-Chalutzim: Hitgabshut Ha-Neio-Romantika Ba-Siporet Ha-Ivrit]
Settling Accounts, Aleph, 1985 [Lavo Cheshbon]
Caution, Israeli Literature, Papyrus, 1989 [Zehirut, Sifrut Eretz-Israelit] 
Fantasy in Israeli Literature in the Last Thirty Years (1960-1989), Papyrus/ Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1989 [Ha-Fantasya Be-Siporet Dor Ha-Medina] 
Israeli Literature in the 1980s, The Hebrew Writers Association, 1993 [Shmonim: Sifrut Israelit Ba-Asor Ha-Acharon] 
My Father, an Interval, Tamuz, 1998 [Avi, Pgishat Beinayim: Shirato Shel B. Mordechai U-Tkufato]
End of Century and Beginning of Century, Eked/ The Academic College of Judea and Samaria, 2001 [Sof Me'a Ve-Saf Me'a]
Literature and Philosophy: Meeting Points, Carmel, 2008 [Sifrut U-Filosofya: Nekudat Mifgash]
The Romantic Riddle Of 'Kochavim Bachutz', Keter, 2014 [Ha-Chida Ha-Romantit Shel Kochavim Ba-Chutz] 

Books in Translation
Selected Poems
Swedish: Tollarp, Studiekamratens, 1995 
Russian: Holon, Moria, 1999
Georgian: Kutaisi, 2003
Georgian: Kutaisi, Kutaisi Univ., 2010

Red & Other Stories
Russian: Moscow, Kniga-Sėfer, 2006

Hidden Light (novella)
Swedish: Kristianstad, Accent, 2001
Georgian: Tbilisi, Royal Univ. of Tbilisi, 2007

The Sea Like in Love (poetry)
Yiddish & Hebrew: Tel Aviv, H. Leyvik, 2011

Ortsion Bartana

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

"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,
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

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