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Yehuda Burla

Yehuda Burla (1886-1969), was born in Jerusalem, the descendant of a family of rabbis and scholars originally from Izmir, Turkey, that had settled in Eretz Israel some three centuries earlier. He studied in yeshivot and at the Jerusalem Teachers' Seminary. During World War I he served in the Turkish army as an interpreter. After the war he became director of Hebrew schools in Damascus, where he lived for five years. He later taught in Haifa and Tel Aviv. Burla's stories depict the environment, language, customs and thinking of Middle Eastern Sephardim. Burla served several terms as president of the Hebrew Writers Association and as chairman of the Bio-Bibliographical Foundation, Gnazim. He was awarded the Bialik Prize twice (1939; 1955), The Ussishkin Prize twice (1944; 1960), The Israel Prize (1961) and the Jerusalem Prize (1962).           

Books Published in Hebrew            
Among the Arab Tribes (story), Al Hasaf [anthology], 1918 [Bein Shivtei Arav]
Luna (story), Ha-Ezrach [periodical], 1919 [Luna] 
Without a Star (novella), Ha-Adama [periodical], 1920; The Writers association, 1926 [in: Luna; Among the Arab Tribes. See below]; Kupat Hasefer, 1927; Mitzpeh, 1937; Tarmil, 1981 [Bli Kochav]
Blessed by God (legend; youth), Kupat Hasefer, 1924; Yavneh, 1954 [in Enchanted Homeland: stories. See below] [Bruchei Elohim]
Luna; Among the Arab Tribes (stories), The Writers Association, 1926 [Luna; Bein Shivtei Arav]
Enchanted Homeland (story; youth), Kupat Hasefer, 1926; 1954 [in: Enchanted Homeland: Stories. See below] [Kismei Moledet]
His Hated Wife (novel), Mitzpeh, 1928 [Ishto Ha-Snua]              
In Darkness Striving (novella), Mitzpeh, 1929; Am Oved, 1951 [in:Innocence and Disobedience. See below]; [collected works] Davar-Massada, 1962 [Naftulei Adam]
Stories, Mitzpeh, 1929 [Sipurim]
Singer (novel), Mitzpeh, 1930; [collected works] (novel & stories) Davar-Massada, 1962 [Meranenet: Me-Chayei Ha-Yehudim Be-Damesek]   
Bat-Zion [4 vol.] (novel), Mitzpeh, 1930-1931 [Bat-Tzion]
Maccabee's Soul (play; youth), Kupat Hasefer, 1931 [Nefesh Makabi]
Birds' Revolution (legend; youth), Kupat Hasefer, 1933 [Ha-Mahapecha Ba-Of: Agada Alegorit]                      
Na'ama (novel), Mitzpeh, 1934 [Na'ama, O Ba-Nistar U-Va-Nigleh]
In Holyness or Love (novella & stories), Mitzpeh, 1935; Am Oved, 1949 [in Women. See below] [Bi-Kdusha, O Ahava]
The Story of Akavia (novel), Dvir, 1939; Bialik Institute, Dvir, 1947; Am Oved, 1957; [collected works] Davar-Massada, 1962; Am Oved, 1968 [Alilot Akavia]
City Tricks (story), Netzer, 1940; Am Oved, 1952 [in Without a Star; War Stories. See below] [Lahatei Kirya]            
Man (story), Gazit, 1943 [Adam]            
On the Horizon [vol. 1: Yearning; vol. 2-3: Struggle] (trilogy), Am Oved, 1943-1947 [Ba-Ofek: Kisufim; Ma'avak]. See: Yearrning, below            
At Dawn (stories; youth), Yavneh, 1946 [Im Shachar]            
Women (novellas & stories), Am Oved, 1949; [collected works] Davar-Massada, 1962 [Nashim]             
Innocence and Disobedience (Novella & stories), Am Oved, 1951 [Tom U-Mery: Sipurei Damesek]
His Hated Wife; Luna (novel & story), Am Oved, 1952; [collected works] Davar-Massada, 1962 [Ishto Ha-Snua; Luna]
Without a Star; War Stories (novella & stories), Am Oved, 1952; [collected works] Davar-Massada, 1962 [Bli Kochav; Sipurei-Milchma]
In the Circles of Love (stories), Am Oved, 1953 [Be-Ma'agalei Ahava]
Enchanted Homeland: stories (youth), Yavneh, 1954 [Kismei Moledet: Sipurim, Tziyurim Ve-Agadot]
The First Swallow (novel), Am Oved, 1954; [collected works] Davar-Massada, 1962 [Snunit Rishona]
Yearning (novel), Am Oved, 1955 [Kisufim]. See: On the Horizon, above            
Rabbi Yehudah Halevi 's Travels (novel), Am Oved, 1959 [Ele Masa'ei Rabbi Yehuda Halevi]
Rabbi Yehudah Halevi (biography), Massada, Maariv, 1960 [Rabi Yehuda Halevi: Tziyunim Mi-Ntiv Chayav, Heikef Shirato, Tamtzit Mishnato Ha-Filosofit U-Masa'o Le-Eretz Israel]
Sparkles (stories), Dvir, 1961 [Reshafim] 
Lord Among His People (novel), Davar-Massada, 1962 [Ba'al Be-Amav]
Collected Work [8 vols.], Davar-Massada, 1962 [Kitvei Yehuda Burla]            
Luna; Man: Two Special Love Stories, Tarmil, 1964 [Luna; Adam: Shnei Sipurei Ahava Meyuchadim]
The Kingdom of David (youth), [in Three stories, with Asher Barash & S. Yizhar] Yachdav, 1964; Tcherikover, 1978 [Malchut David]
Marching In
(stories), The Hebrew Writers Association, Massada, 1965 [Le-Kol Ha-Tze'ada]
In High Tide and in Low Tide (stories), M. Neumann, 1971 [Ba-Geut U-Va-Shefel]
Selected Stories, Yachdav, The Hebrew Writers Association, 1975 [Yalkut Sipurim]   

Books in Translation
Short Stories            
Arabic: Tel Aviv, Dar al-Nashr al-Arabi, 1965            

In Darkness Striving
Arabic: Tel Aviv, Sondok al-Ketab al-Arabi, 1955            
English: Jerusalem, Israel University Press, 1968            

The Adventures of Akaviah            
Russian: Jerusalem, Biblioteka Aliya, 1980            

Without a Star            
French: Tel Aviv, B. Nae, 1933
German: Berlin, Schocken Verlag, 1937

Yehuda Burla

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

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.
Chana Bloch dies at 77
Chana Bloch, a revered poet and translator from Hebrew and Yiddish, has sadly passed away earlier this month. Among her many remarkable achievements is the wonderful translation of a collection of poems by Dahlia Ravikovitch​ (W. W. Norton & Company). Chana will be greatly missed.
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.
Dayan on feminism and writing
Following the release of "Transitions" in English, Yael Dayan talks to Lilith Magazine about her past aspirations and present pursuits. Click here to read the full interview.
Gundar-Goshen's Op-Ed for Time
To mark the US publication of "Waking Lions" Ayelet Gundar-Goshen talks about the refugee crisis, internal walls and people behind them in the op-ed for Time. Click here to read the article.
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