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Mordecai Ze’ev Feierberg

Mordecai Ze'ev Feierberg (1874-1899) was born in Wollin, in the Ukraine, and received a traditional Jewish education. He did not like religious studies, leading to a strong resentment towards his father, the Shokhet (ritual slaughterer). His father wanted to teach him his trade, which shocked him, as he later wrote in one of his stories, "The Calf." When he was eighteen, a marriage was arranged, and he and his bride fell in love. Feierberg fell ill, resulting in the cancelation of the engagement. He began to study by himself, first reading Haskalah literature and then reading the Jewish poets of the Middle Ages. Impressed by Yehuda Halevi's writings, he employed Halevi's works as arguments in his troubled relationship with Jewish tradition. When his illness worsened his friends helped him reach Warsaw in search of a cure. There he showed his poems and prose to Sokolow and to Y. L. Peretz, who advised him to concentrate on prose. His first story was published in 1896 in the daily Ha-Tsefira, and his collected stories were published posthumously.            

Books Published in Hebrew            
Yankev the Watchman (story), Hatzfira [daily], 1896 [Yaakov Ha-Shomer]
The Calf (story), Ha-Shiloah [periodical], 1897 [Ha-Egel]
In the Evening; The Amulet (stories), Ha-Shiloah [periodical], 1898 [Ba-Erev; Ha-Kame'a]
A Spring Night; The Shadows (stories) Luah Ahiasaf [annual], 1899 [Leil Aviv; Ha-Tzlalim]
Whither? (novella), Ha-Shiloah [periodical], 1899 [Le'an]
Collected Stories and Writings, Krakow: Chevrat "Hasefer", 1904; Warsaw: Ahiasaf, 1922; New York & Tel Aviv: Israel Matz Foundation, 1937 [Kovetz Sipurav U-Chtavav; Kovetz Sipurim U-Chtavim]
The Landowner's Son: Folktale (children), Warsaw: Ha-Or, 2005 [Ben Ha-Paritz: (Agadat Am)]            
Drawings: 1. The Calf; 2. In the Evening (stories; youth), Odessa: Moriah, 1910; Tel Aviv: Dvir, 1925 [Tziyurim: 1. Ha-Egel; 2. Ba-Erev]
Whither? (novella), New York: Bloch, 1927; Tel Aviv: N. Drummer, 1940; new ed. Knesset, 1958 [Le'an]
In the Evening (story), Omanut, 1929 [Ba-Erev]
Collected Works, Knesset, 1941 [Kitavei M. Z. Feierberg]
In the Evening; The Amulet (stories), Knesset, 1944 [Ba-Erev; Ha-Kame'a]
The Calf (story), Knesset, 1950 [Ha-Egel]           
Collected Works, Dvir, 1958 [Ktavim]
Mordecai Ze'ev Feierberg: The Author and His Work (stories), A. Zelkowitz, 1967 [Mordechai Ze'ev Feierberg: Ha-Sofer Vi-Yetzirato]           

Books in Translation            
Whither and Other Stories            
English: Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society of America, 1973; New York/London, The Toby Press, 2004

Mordecai Ze`ev Feierberg

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

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"An original, extraordinary book" The Brenner prize committee
Congratulations to Noga Albalach, winner of the 2018 Brenner prize for her book "The Old Man (Farewell)".
Residencies in Vienna and Salzburg
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery offers 50 residencies in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2019. Applications can be submitted for literature, literature for children and young adults and literary translations. Please note the deadline of September 30th, 2018.
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Congratulations to Sami Berdugo and Shoham Smith, recipients of the 2018 Bialik Prize, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in Israel!

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!
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