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Alon Altaras

Alon Altaras was born in Jaffa, Israel, in 1960. A novelist, poet and translator, he studied literature at Tel Aviv University and specializes in modern Italian literature and culture. Altaras divides his time between Venice and Tel Aviv and translates Italian literature into Hebrew - Antonio Tabucchi, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Eugenio Montale, Antonio Gramsci, Natalia Ginzburg, Elena Ferrante, Andrea Camilleri, Sandro Veronesi, Alessandro Baricco, Roberto Calasso and Cristina Comencini, among others. He taught at the Universities of Trieste and Sienna and currently lectures at The University of Pisa. He also writes for Il Fatto Quotidiano, l'Unita and La Repubblica.
Altaras has been awarded the Prime Minister's Prize (2001), the Italian Ministry of Education Prize for his translations and for promoting Italian culture in Israel (2003), the Dan David Foundation Award (2008) and the Ramat Gan Prize for Translation (2016). In 2006, he was decorated by the President of Italy as Knight of the Italian Republic for his contribution to promoting Italian literature in Israel.
Alon Altaras

Books Published in Hebrew

The Weather at Home (poetry), Achshav-Stavit, 1982 [Aklim Ha-Bayit]
Houses on the Island (poetry), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1985 [Batim Ba-Ee]
The Refining Fire (poetry), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1990 [Ha-Esh Ha-Meʹadenet]
Short Cut (poetry), Zmora-Bitan, 1996 [Kfitzat Ha-Derech]
Maricika’s Revenge (novel) , Zmora-Bitan, 1999 [Ha-Nekama Shel Maritzika]
Odelia’s Black Dress (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2002 [Ha-Simla Ha-Shchora shel Odelia]
It’s Our Child (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2008 [Ze Ha-Yeled Shelanu]
And Then We Were Alone (novel) , Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2012 [Kshe-Nisharnu Levad]

Books in Translation

Italian: Rome, Voland, 2006
Italian: Rome, Voland, 2005
Italian: Rome, Atmosphere Libri, 2014
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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.
Call for applications English speakers: Stay culture in Paris (deadline: June 12th, 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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