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Jacob Fichman

Jacob Fichman (1881-1958) was born in Belz, Bessarabia. He left home at the age of fourteen to travel to Odessa, Warsaw and Vilnius. Fichman settled in Palestine in 1912 but visited Europe several times to carry out editorial assignments. He taught, published textbooks and worked at several publishing houses. He was also on the staff of a Warsaw Hebrew newspaper. In Palestine he edited several journals, and from 1936 to 1942 he was editor of Moznaim, the journal of the Hebrew Writers Association. His first book of poems was published in Warsaw in 1911, and his first collection of essays in Odessa in 1919. Belonging to a transitional generation, his attitude towards the new landscape is basically secular, defining him as a forerunner of the changes in Hebrew poetry, some of which he witnessed in his own lifetime. Fichman received the Aharonovich Prize (1942), the Bialik Prize twice (1945; 1953), the Ussishkin Prize (1947), the Ramat Gan Prize (1956) and the Israel Prize for Literature (1957). 

Books Published in Hebrew
Stems (poetry), Warsaw: Tushiyah, 1911; Warsaw: Zentral, 1914 [Giv'olim; Shirim] 
From the Basket (poetry & prose), Omanut, 1932 [Min Ha-Teneh: Mivchar Shira U-Froza Le-Vatei-Ha-Sefer Ve-La-Am]
Sunny Days (poetry), Stybel, 1934 [Yemei Shemesh: Po'emot]
Shadows on the Fields (poetry), Stybel, 1935 [Tzlalim Al Sadot]
Spring in Samaria (poetry), Sifriat Poalim, 1943 [Aviv Ba-Shomron]
A Corner of the Field (poetry), Schocken, 1944 [Pe'at Sadeh]
Figures from the Past (poetry & prose), Bialik Institute, 1948 [Dmuyot Kdumim: Shira U-Froza]
Rocks of Jerusalem (poetry & essays), Dvir, 1951 [Sla'im Bi-Yerushalayim: Shirim U-Masot]
Garden Beds (poetry & prose), Bialik Institute, 1954 [Arugot: Divrei Shira U-Froza]
Harvest: Selected Works, Massada, 1959 [Asif: Mivchar Yetzirato Shel Yaakov Fichman Be-Shira U-Vi-Froza]
Collected Works, Dvir, 1959 [Kitvei Yaakov Fichman]
Enigmas of Landscape (poetry), Emda/ Bitan, 2001 [Razei Nof: Mivchar Shirim]

Legends and Poems, Warsaw: Mikra, 1909 [Agadot Ve-Shirim]
Abraham Mapu (youth), Moledet, 2013 [Avraham Mapu] 
Judah Loeb Gordon (youth), Moledet, 2013 [Yehuda Leib Gordon: (Bi-Mlot Esrim Shana Le-Moto)]
Prairie: Poems for Children, Frankfurt am Main: Omanut, 1922 [Arava: Shirei Yeladim]
Illustrated Books for Children: 1. At Home and in the Fields; 2. Under the Sky; 3. In The Cold of the North and in the Heat of the South; 4. In Desert and Forest; 5. Admirable Tales of Wild Animals; 6. Delightful Stories about Animals and Children, Warsaw: Zenterl, 1922 [Sfarim Metzuyarim Li-Yeladim: 1. Ba-Bayit U-Va-Sadeh; 2. Tachat Ha-Shamayim; 3. Be-Chom Ha-Darom U-Ve- Kor Ha-Tzafon; 4. Be-Midbar Ve-Ya'ar; 5. Al Chayot Pra'ot Ma'asiyot Na'ot; 6. Al Ba'alei Chayim Vi-Yeladim Sipurim Nechmadim] 
Yossi Travels to Eretz Israel, Omanut, Jewish National Fund, 1931 [Yossi Nose'a Le-Eretz-Israel]
Yossi in Tel Aviv, Omanut, Jewish National Fund, 1931 [Yossi Be-Tel-Aviv]
Whatever Happened to Yossi and Hanan, Omanut, The Jewish National Fund, 1931 [Me'ora'ot Yossi Ve-Hanan]
Defenders of Sdeh Kerem, Omanut, Jewish National Fund, 1932 [Maginei Sdeh-Kerem]
Haim Nahman Bialik: His Life and His Work (youth), Department of Education of Knesset Israel, 1933 [Haim Nahman Bialik: Hayav U-Ma'asav]
To the Sea: Stories, Stybel, 1934 [El Ha-Yam: Sipurim]
Brochures for Children [11 brochures], Stybel, 1935 [Chovrot Li-Yeladim]
Yoktan in Tel Aviv: Story, Stybel, 1936 [Yoktan Be-Tel-Aviv: Sipur]
The Doe of the Valley: Stories, The Writers Association, Massada, 1942 [Ayelet Ha-Emek: Sipurim]
Fishermen on the Yarkon River, Am Oved, 1943 [Dayagim Al Ha-Yarkon]
Yossi in the Galilee: Stories, Massada, 1944 [Yossi Ba-Galil: Sipurim]
Herzl Writes the Jewish State, M. Neumann, 1946 [Herzl Kotev Et Medinat Ha-Yehudim]
Anemone: Poems for Children, Schocken, 1946 [Kalanit: Shirei Yeladim]
Exemplary Lives: Stories of Great People (youth), Massada, 1956 [Chayim Le-Mofet: Sipurim Me-Chayei Anashim Gdolim]
We Leave at Dawn: Poems for Children, Massada, 1959 [Im Shachar Netze'a: Shirim Li-Yeladim]
A New Day: Stories, Massada, 1959 [Yom Chadash]
Spring in the Land of Israel: Stories, Massada, 1959 [Aviv Ba-Aretz: Sipurim]

Reflections (essays), Moriah, 1919 [Bavuot: Divrei Bikoret]
Innovators: Seven Essays, Bialik Institute, Dvir, 1938 [Anshei-Besora: Sheva Masot]
Meetings with Writers (essays), Massada, Bialik Institute, 1942 [Sofrim Be-Chayeihem: Sefer Ha-Pgishot]
Bialik's Poetry (monograph), Bialik Institute, 1946 [Shirat Bialik]
Shining Figures: Notes, Sifriat Poalim, 1947 [Dmuyot Menatznetzot: Reshimot]
At the Workshop (essays), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1951 [Be-Veit-Ha-Yotzer: Masot Al Ba'ayot Ha-Sifrut]
The Odessa Writers (essays), Bialik Institute, 1951 [Amat Ha-Binyan: Sofrei Odessa]
A Generation (essays), Am Oved, 1952 [Bnei Dor: Mesaprim, Meshorerim, Ishim]
The Writers from Poland (essays), Bialik Institute, 1952 [Ruchot Menagnot: Sofrei Polin]
Champions of the Enlightenment (essays), N. Twersky, 1952 [Alufei Ha-Haskala]
Before Spring (essays), Machbarot Lesifrut, 1959 [Be-Terem Aviv]
The Concept of Modern Poetry and Other Essays, The Hebrew Writers Association, Eked, 1982 [Musag Ha-Shira Ha-Modernit: Masot, Dyokna'ot, Reshimot]

Jacob Fichman

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 November 4th to 10th, 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: November 4th 2018 until November 10th, 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.
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