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Letters from an Imaginary Journey

Lea Goldberg
Letters from an Imaginary Journey was Lea Goldberg`s first novel, and although many years have passed since it was first published, her sensitivity and her rich, conflicted inner world still fascinate. We discover new aspects of her work and from the vantage point of today, her observation of European culture in the years leading up to World War II is almost prophetic. The letters sent by Ruth, the protagonist, to Emanuel reveal a sad, unrequited affair. Ruth grieves over the absence of the man she loves and the failure of their relationship. Yet this never takes precedence over the central events in her life, particularly her journey to the major cities of western Europe in the summer and autumn of 1934. Whether this journey is real or imagined is unclear, but it brings out the writer`s deepest thoughts and feelings about European culture, and her sensitivity to its Zeitgeist and evil portents. Through Ruth, Lea Goldberg spreads before the reader her inner bond to the grandeur of European culture, as well as her fear that it will soon collapse. Finally, the two goodbyes in the correspondence - to Emanuel and to Europe - show this imagined journey to be equally a voyage into the writer`s soul. Indeed, her difficult love life and her cultural separation from Europe troubled her throughout her entire life.

Goldberg Letters from an Imaginary Journey
Title Letters from an Imaginary Journey
Author’s Last Name Goldberg
Author's First Name Lea
Language(s) Hebrew, German, Spanish
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Davar
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1937
Publisher 2 (Hebrew) Sifriat Poalim
Year of Publication 2 (Hebrew) 1982
Publisher 3 (Hebrew) extended ed. 2007
No. Pages 180 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Michtavim Mi-Nesi'a Meduma
Representation Represented by ITHL


German: Frankfurt, Suhrkamp Judischer Verlag, 2003
Spanish: Valencia, Pre-Textos, 2006
"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)
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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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