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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

Congratulations to Barabara Harshav for the 2018 PEN Medal for Translation!
The prize is given to a translator whose career has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through the body of their work. Barbara Harshav has been translating works from French, German, Hebrew and Yiddish for over twenty years and has currently published over forty books of translation. Among the many Hebrew authors she has translated: Yoram Kaniuk, Agnon, Yehudit Hendel, Yehuda Amichai and many more.
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!
Congratulations to Ronit Matalon, the recipient of the 2017 Brenner prize for her book 'And the Bride Closed the Door". And, congratulations to Amir ziv, the recipent of the first ever Brenner prize for debut novels.
Ronit Matalon's book tells the story of Margie, a young bride, who shuts herself up in her mother's bedroom and declares that she won’t get married. Her family gathers at the locked door, not knowing what to do. Amir Ziv tells a story that begins as an apparently routine correspondence between a prying citizen, secretly in love with his neighbor, and a conscientious municipal clerk, and developes into an uncovering of a great underlying drama.
The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop April 29 to May 5, 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: Sunday, April 29, 2018 until Saturday, May 5, 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".

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.
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!