Home  \  Authors  \  Authors  \  Ruth Almog  \ 

Invisible Mending

Ruth Almog
The aching vulnerability of childhood and the ravages of exile, familiar themes in Hebrew literature, bear rewriting when the prose radiates with beauty and sensitivity as those six stories do. The children in Invisible Mending are handicapped by tragedy or by the refugee experience of their parents. They may be lonely, degraded or helpless, but they are saved by the redemptive power of art.
In the novella, A Little Coat, Paul is sent from Vienna to a children's home in Palestine when the Nazis come to power. He is renamed Shaul and taught that life is a hell to which he must adjust. After a violent asthma attack, his parents bring him home to south Tel Aviv. "Home" is one room in an apartment shared with two other families, facing a courtyard inhabited by refugees and their children. There is Vital the bully who brutalizes Paul, and Aphrodite, the witless Greek girl with a blue number tattooed on her arm. The yard is a Babel of languages - Polish, Ladino, Hungarian, German and Yiddish.
Paul's parents are worn down by the grind of earning a meager living after losing their factory in Vienna; they can only give their son a brusque, offhand kind of love. And it is Farkash, the self-effacing Hungarian hairdresser, who devises a plan to free Paul from Vital's tyranny. He also changes Paul's life by showing him the wonders of music.
Almog's stories about immigrants fallen on hard times and children bewildered by their circumstances are distinguished by an elegiac tone and a deep compassion.

Astounding, fresh, suspenseful and incomparably moving.
In her precise, lyrical voice, Ruth Almog uncovers what really goes on behind the daily activity of children who grow up in spite of catastrophe. They are like blind people: they feel everything, they hear all the sounds and smell all the odors, but they are trapped in a lack of comprehension.
Author Batya Gur

A Little Coat: English translation available (for publishers only)

Almog Invisible Mending
Title Invisible Mending
Author’s Last Name Almog
Author's First Name Ruth
Genre novella & stories
Publisher (Hebrew) Keter
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1993
No. Pages 202 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Tikun Omanuti
Representation Represented by ITHL


"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)
Details in the attached link
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!
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".

MHL - New webzine starting soon!