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Uri Nissan Gnessin

Uri Nissan Gnessin (1879-1913) was born in Starodub, the Ukraine, the son of a rabbi. He studied at his father's yeshiva. Self-educated in secular subjects such as classical and modern languages and literature, he was attracted to the Enlightenment movement and was influenced by Russian literature. Gnessin began to write and edit at an early age. At age 15, together with Yosef Haim Brenner, he started publishing a literary weekly for a small number of friends and readers. At age 18, he joined the editorial staff of a Hebrew newspaper in Warsaw, where he published poems, literary criticism, stories and translations. In 1907 he moved to London, where he assisted Yosef Haim Brenner in the publication of a Hebrew periodical. He then spent several months in Palestine but was unable to adjust, and returned to Russia. He died of a heart attack in Warsaw at the age of 34.
Although Gnessin was provincial, he became a sophisticated romantic writer. Recognized as one of the fathers of modern Hebrew literature, he was among the first to introduce psychologically-oriented fiction into Hebrew literature, and his stream-of-consciousness technique has greatly influenced contemporary authors.            

Books Published in Hebrew
The Shadows of Life (stories), Warsaw: Tushiyah, 1904 [Tzilelei Ha-Chayim: Sipurim Ve-Tziyurim]
Sideways (novella), Ha-Zman [periodical], 1905; Yachdav, The Hebrew Writers Assiciation, 1977 [Hatzida]
The Meal Before the Fast (story), Sefer Ha-Shana [annual], 1906 [Seuda Mafseket]
Meanwhile (novella), London: Nisyonot, 1906 [Beintayim; Beinotayim]
The Time Before (novela), Reshafim [weekly], 1909-1910 [Be-Terem]
In the Gardens (story), Sifrut [periodical], 1910 [Ba-Ganim]
Uproar (story), Hatzfira [daily], 1912 [Ktata]
Beside (novella), Netivot [anthology], 1913; Yachdav, The Hebrew Writers Association, 1965 [Etzel]
Complete Works: First Volume: Stories, Warsaw: Levin-Epstein Printing, 1914 [Kol Kitvei U.N. Gnessin: Kerech Rishon: Sipurim]            
Gnessin's Writings, Ktuvim, 1930 [Kitvei U.N. Gnessin: Sipurim]
The Complete Works of U.N. Gnessin [3 vols], Sifriat Poalim, 1946 [Kitvei Uri Nissan Gnessin]
Collected Works [two vols.], Sifriat Poalim/ Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1982 [Uri Nissan Gnessin: Kol Ktavav]
Beside and Other Stories (novellas & stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Sifriat Poalim, 2011 [Etzel Ve-Sipurim Acherim]

Books in Translation
English: In: Eight Great Hebrew Short Novels, New York, Nal, 1983
Spanish: In: Ocho Obras Maestras de la Narrativa Hebrea, Barcelona, Riopiedras, 1989
French: Paris, Intertextes, 1989; Paris: Noel Blandin, 1991 Yiddish: Warsaw, Vilner Farlag, 1925
The Othello Case            
Yiddish: Berlin, Klal Farlag, 1922            

Beside and Other Stories            
English: New Milford, USA/London, Toby Press, 2005  

Uri Nissan Gnessin

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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