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Yitzhak Oren

Yitzhak Oren (1918-2007) was born in Siberia, Russia. He moved to China with his family as a young boy and lived there until he immigrated to pre-state Israel in 1936. Oren studied literature, philosophy and history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. During the British Mandate, he paved roads for the British Army, and became a member of the clandestine Etzel movement. After the establishment of the State, he held positions in various governmental departments. Oren published six books of short stories, four collections of stories and essays, three novels and a book of poetry. He was chief editor of the Russian-language Encyclopedia Judaica. Oren received the Neuman Prize (1989), the Jabotinsky Prize (1999) and the President's Prize (1999).
Yitzhak Oren

Books Published in Hebrew

Somewhere (stories), Tzuk, 1950 [Ei-Sham]
In the Rear (novel), Neumann, 1953 [Ba-Oref]
The Ventures of Benjamin the Fifth (stories), Neumann, 1958 [Masot Benyamin Ha-Hamishi]
A Decade in Verse (poetry), Achiever, 1958 [Asor Be-Haruzim]
Fathers and Fledglings (novel), Massada, 1964 [Avot Ve-Boser]
The Face of a Generation and a Dog (stories), Ogdan, 1968 [Pnei Dor Ve-Kelev]
Buyers of Heaven and Earth (stories), Shalem, 1970 [Konei Shamayim Va-Aretz]
Challenges (stories & essays), Neumann, 1972 [Etgarim]
The Mountain and the Mouse (novel), Bialik Institute, 1972 [Ha-Har Ve-Ha-Achbar]
Journey Around the Axis (stories), Hadar, 1978 [Masah Misaviv La-Tzir]
Jabotinsky and Me (stories & essays), Hadar, 1980 [Jabotinsky Ve-Ani]
Five Flying Scrolls (stories), Hadar, 1985 [Hamesh Megilot Rehov]
The Ultimate (stories & essays) , Keter, 1987 [Me-Ahel Ad Kale]
Lust and Creation (stories & essays), Bialik Institute, 1997 [Yetzarim Ve-Yetzirot]

Books in Translation

The Imaginary Number
English: Berkeley, Benmir Books, 1986

My Quarry
Russian: Jerusalem, Sifriat Aliyah, 1988

The Destructor
French: Boulogne, Editions du Griot, 1994
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.
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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