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Love, Natalia

Ruth Almog
In this epistolary novel, Ruth Almog describes the turbulent times of Natalia Himmelfarb, whose life follows the major changes in Israeli society over the past 35 years. In late 1967, Natalia is a young, independent woman who is unsure of her worth as a painter and sculptor. Her mentor, Ze'ev Rubin, an art teacher and architect whom she loves, has gone to Paris with his wife and children. She writes him letters detailing her uncertainty about her art. When he hints in one of his letters that sculpture isn't for women, she is hurt and accuses him of male chauvinism. The correspondence takes place during the student rallies in Paris and the beginning of the settlement movement in Hebron. Natalia is also engaged in an active exchange of ideas with her married friend Leah, who is studying biology in the USA, but is becoming more interested in yoga and alternative medicine.
The novel spreads across continents as its protagonists migrate from place to place. Ze'ev prefers Paris to managing an art school in Tel Aviv, and his son does not want to return to Israel at all. Natalia, who goes back and forth between Israel and the USA, marries Eli Malchi, a professor of Italian literature who lives in New York. Eli refuses to discuss his personal Holocaust history, even with his wife. The couple have two children and Natalia has difficulty balancing her life as an artist and a mother. Unlike Natalia, Myra - her friend - dedicates her entire life to her art. She has neither home nor family and, in the end, she takes her own life by jumping from a tall building.
Shortly before the outbreak of the first Intifada, Natalia, now a cancer patient, decides to return home to die, and also to show her final exhibit - a protest called Checkpoints. Ironically, her daughter Yasmin, who has become a fanatic and is married to a rabbi, decides to settle with her husband in Hebron. Yasmin's brother settles in Italy where he works as an architect. This is a novel about opposites, with a deep chasm between them.

This novel is both a complex literary experiment and an enchanting, lyrical narrative… Almog is one of our most important and interesting writers.
A great pleasure to read.
Yedioth Ahronoth
I laughed and sipped the beautiful book Almog has written with great pleasure… Love, Natalia marks another turning point in Almog's writing – politics, which usually don't play a major role in her novels, are very much present here.

Almog Love, Natalia
Title Love, Natalia
Author’s Last Name Almog
Author's First Name Ruth
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Keter
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2005
No. Pages 260 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Be-Ahava, Natalia
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,
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