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Lea Goldberg
Lea Goldberg wrote this panoramic novel in the latter part of the 1930s. A few chapters appeared in magazines and newspapers, but she eventually decided not to publish the whole novel, which was found among her belongings after her death.
Elhanan Karon, a Hebrew poet from Palestine, comes to Berlin in 1932-33 to complete his research on the affinity between Jewish and Arab mysticism. But an unexpected encounter with Antonia, a young Christian German student and the loss of his finest manuscript change his plans. Both the growing relationship between the two young people and Elhanan`s search for the manuscript are inevitably influenced by the historical events of that period. His conversations with his friends - Russian immigrants, Eastern- European Jews, German scientists, and more - reveal the various cultural choices that stand before him: to preserve his Jewish identity, adopt socialism, or opt for assimilation. Ultimately, however, history chooses for him. The growing power of the Nazis slowly becomes a dominant element in the book, and the ongoing tension between the original motherland and the adopted one, familiar to readers of Goldberg`s poetry, takes center stage.


There is beauty in Losses. The novel is like amber that has trapped the air and atmosphere of another era.

Never before has Goldberg touched so explicitly on politics, Jewish identity, religion and sexuality.
Yedioth Ahronoth

Losses shows how much the creation and loss of ideological identity preoccupied Goldberg... Exquisite depictions of Berlin in the 1930s.
Time Out

Goldberg Losses
Title Losses
Author’s Last Name Goldberg
Author's First Name Lea
Language(s) Hebrew, German
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Sifriat Poalim
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2010
No. Pages 380 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Avedot ("Mukdash Le-Antonia")
Representation Represented by ITHL


German: Wuppertal/ Vienna, Arco, 2015
"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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