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Reuven Ben-Yosef

Reuven Ben-Yosef (1937-2001) was born Robert Reiss, in New York. He studied music, intending to become a composer, but at the age of eighteen he became interested in literature. His first work was published in 1954, in English. Ben-Yosef served in the American army for two years in Germany and then immigrated to Israel in 1959. His first volume of Hebrew poems was published in 1965. He lived in Jerusalem and wrote both poetry and prose. He was awarded several literary prizes, including the American Neuman Prize.

Books Published in Hebrew
Waiting Seagulls, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1965 [Shchafim Mamtinim]
The Ways of the Land, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1967 [Derech Eretz]
When You Get Dressed, Eked, 1969 [Ka-Asher At Mitlabeshet]
The Dead and Loving, Massada, 1974 [Metim Ve-Ohavim]
Yom Kippur War Poems, Dvir, 1976 [Kolot Ba-Rama: Shirei Milchemet Yom Ha-Kipurim]
Noon in Jerusalem, Agudat Shalem, 1978 [Tzohorayim Bi-Yerushalayim]
Selected Poems, Pinat Hasefer, 1981 [Al Saf Ha-Midbar: Mivchar Shirim]
From the Front, Eked, 1983 [Min Ha-Kav]
Something of the Land, Eked, 1984 [Ta'am Ha-Aretz]
To the Land of Conscience, Eked, 1987 [El Eretz Ha-Toda'a]
On the Cliff, Eked, 1988 [Al Ha-Tzuk]
Selected Poems: 1962-1989, Dvir, 1989 [Shirim Be-Olam Rotet]
I Exclude Myself from Pain, Dvir, 1993 [Lehotzi Atzmi Min Ha-Sevel]
Satiated Survivers, Bitzron, 1996 [Savanu Ve-Notarnu]
Between Sacred and Profane, Bitzaron, 1999 [Bein Kodesh Le-Chol]
Selected Love Poems, Bitzaron, 2000 [Shirei Ahava: Mivchar]
Selected War Poems, Bitzaron, 2000 [Shirei Milchama: Mivchar]
Selected Prayer Poems, Bitzaron, 2001 [Shirei Emuna: Mivchar]
In Memory of Reuven Ben Yosef: Poems Left on His Desk, Letters and Critical Articles by His Colleagues, New York & Jerusalem: Israel matz Foundation, Bitzaron, 2002 [Sefer Reuven Ben Yosef: Shirim Min Ha-Izavon U-Ma'amarim Shel Sofrim, Meshorerim U-Mevakrei Sifrut Al Chayav U-Yetzirato]

The Way Back (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1973 [Ha-Derech Chazara]
Deception (novella), Massada, 1979 [Mirma]
Suffering and Heritage (essays), The Author, 1985 [Al Ha-Sevel Ve-Al Ha-Yerusha: Kovetz Ma'amarim Al Inyanei Tarbut U-Machshevet Israel]
On Our Evolving Culture (essays), Bitzaron, 1996 [Al Tarbutenu Ha-Mitgabeshet]
A Writer's Diary (diary), Yitachen, 1998 [Yoman Ktiva]

Reuven Ben-Yosef

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

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.
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.
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!