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Yitzhak Orpaz

Yitzhak Orpaz-Aurerbach (1921-2015) was born to a hassidic family in Zinkov, former Soviet Union, in and immigrated to pre-state Israel in 1938. During World War II, he served in the Jewish Brigade. Orpaz studied philosophy and literature at Tel Aviv University. He lived for some years on a kibbutz and later pursued a number of professions, including construction, diamond cutting, editing and teaching. Orpaz published novellas, novels, short stories, essays and a book of poetry. He received many literary awards, including the Asher Barash Prize (1962), the Miriam Talpir Prize (1969), the Fichman Prize (1975), the Prime Minister's Prize three times (1976; 1999; 2004), the Israel Efrat award (1985), the Bialik Prize (1986), the Neuman Prize (1997), the President's Prize for Lifetime Achievement (1999) and the Israel Prize (2005).

Yitzhak Orpaz

Books Published in Hebrew

Wild Grass (stories), Machbarot Lesifrut, 1959; Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1979 [Esev Pere]
Skin for Skin (novel), Massada, 1962; Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2016 [Or Beʹad Or]
The Death of Lysanda (novella) , Sifriat Poalim, 1964 [Mot Lysanda]
The Hunting of the Doe (stories), Daga, 1966 [Tzeyd Ha-Tzviya]
Ants (novella) , Am Oved, 1968; Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1981 [Nemalim]
The Voyage of Daniel (novel), Am Oved, 1969; Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2014 [Masa Daniel]
Three Novellas (novellas) , Sifriat Poalim, 1972 [Shalosh Novelot: Madrega Tzara; Mot Lysanda; Nemalim]
A City with No Shelter (stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1973 [Ir She-Eyn Ba Mistor]
A House for One (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1975 [Bayit Le-Adam Echad]
Tomozhenna Street (stories) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1979; extended ed. Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1989 [Rechov Ha-Tomojenna]
The Secular Pilgrim (essays), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1982 [Ha-Tzalyan Ha-Chiloni: Masa Al Heibet Echad Ba-Siporet Ha-Modernit]
The Mistress (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1983 [Ha-Gvira]
A Charming Traitor (novel), Am Oved, 1984 [Ha-Elem]
The Eternal Bride (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, Keter, 1987 [Ha-Kala Ha-Nitzchit]
Loves and Follies (stories) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Yedioth Ahronoth, 1992 [Ahavot Ktanot, Teirufim Ktanim]
Cruising the Century (poems), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1993 [Litzloach Et Ha-Mea]
A Night in Santa Paulina (stories & novella), Gvanim, 1997 [Layla Be-Santa Paulina: Sipurim Chadashim Ve-Ha-Novella Nemalim]
Age of Treason (trilogy) (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Bialik Institute, 1999 [Lifnei Ha-Raʹash: Trilogya Tel-Avivit]
The Death of Lysanda and Other Novellas, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2015 [Mot Lisanda Ve-Novelot Acherot]. See: Three Novellas, above

Books in Translation

English: London, Jonathan Cape, 1970
Italian: Milan, Serra & Riva, 1988
French: Paris, Liana Levi, 1988
French: Paris, Liana Levi, 1988; 2006
Italian: Viterbo, Stampa Alternativa, 1995; 2008

Ants & The Death of Lysanda [The Death of Lysanda: Two Novellas] 
English: Champaign, IL, Dalkey Archive, 2013

French: Paris, Liana Levi, 1990
Chinese: Nanjing, Yilin Press, 1996
French: Arles, Actes Sud, 1991

A Narrow Stair
French: Paris, Liana Levi, 1993

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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