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Uri Zvi Greenberg (Grinberg)

Uri Zvi Greenberg, byname Tur Malka (1896-1981), was born in Bialykamien, Galicia, to a Hassidic family and received a traditional Hassidic education. His early poems, both in Hebrew and in Yiddish, were published in 1912. In 1915 he was drafted into the Austrian army and fought in World War I. In 1917 he deserted and returned to Lvov, where he witnessed the Polish pogroms against the Jews in 1918.
As a newspaper editor in Warsaw in the 1920s, Greenberg warned Poland's Jews of impending disaster. In 1923, he immigrated to Tel Aviv. He became a revisionist, rejecting all suggestions for territorial compromise in the region and joined the struggle to end the British occupation. He stressed the importance of the revival of the Hebrew language.
Uri Zvi Greenberg saw himself as a prophet destined to warn the Jewish people of a fate they refused to recognize. Haunted by his experience of pogroms, Arab rioting in the pre-State period and the horror of the Holocaust, his poetry urges the mobilization of all available resources to avoid repetiting the historic tragedies of his people.
Written in rich language and a fiery style, Greenberg's poetry expresses the love, hate, fury and joy of a stormy spirit. Widely commended for his expressive power and linguistic prowess, he calls on physical images from the landscape of Poland and his chosen homeland, as well as elements of the entire scope of Jewish history, to articulate his particular vision. Often a figure of controversy, alternately criticized and praised for being a mystic, Greenberg is widely recognized as one of the greatest modern Hebrew poets. He received honorary doctorates from Yeshiva, Bar Ilan and Tel Aviv Universities, and many literary awards, including the 1957 Israel Prize.            

Books Published in Hebrew
A Great Fear and the Moon, Hedim, 1925 [Eyma Gdola Ve-Yare'ach]
Manhood on the Rise, Sadan, 1926 [Ha-Gavrut Ha-Ola]
A Vision of One of the Legions, Sadan, 1928 [Chazon Achad Ha-Ligyonot]
Anacreon at the Pole of Sorrow, Davar, 1928 [Anacreon Al Kotev Ha-Itzavon]
House Dog, Hedim, 1929 [Kelev Bayit]
A Zone of Defense and Address of the Son-of-Blood, Sadan, 1929 [Ezor Magen U-Neum Ben Ha-Dam]
The Book of Indictment and Faith, Sadan, 1937 [Sefer Ha-Kitrug Ve-Ha-Emuna]
From the Ruddy and the Blue, Schocken, 1950 [Min Ha-Kachlil U-Min Ha-Kachol]
Streets of the River, Schocken, 1951 [Rechovot Ha-Nahar]
In the Middle of the World, In the Middle of Time, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1979 [Be-Emtza Ha-Olam, Be-Emtza Ha-Zmanim]
Selected Poems, Schocken, 1979 [Mivchar Shirim]
Collected Works [19 vols.], Bialik Institute, 1991-2015 [Kol Ktavav]
In the Kingdom of the Cross [from Yiddish: Benjamin Harshav], The Uri Zvi Greenberg Heritage House, Beth Shalom Aleichem, 2006 [Be-Malchut Ha-Tzlav: In Malchut Fun Tzelem]
At the Hub: Selection from His Poetry, Bialik Institute, 2007 [Ba-Avi Ha-Shir: Mivchar Shirim]            

Books in Translation
Selected Poems            
English: New York, Blackstone, 1939


Uri Zvi Grinberg (Tur Malka)

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

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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