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Roots of Light

Ruth Almog
The tale of Mira Gutman, the heroine of Roots of Light, is interwoven with the obscure history of her family, covering a hundred years of passion and madness in Eretz Israel and the surrounding region. Mira, the last link in the family chain, tries to disentangle her roots and discover where she belongs, while at the same time attempting to free herself from the coils of her family's fate.

Ruth Almog’s contemplative edifice, built within the narrative structure, is complex and intriguing...her achievement is enormous. The depth of the heroine’s character arouses admiration...but the structure of the novel is the real tour de force. It is the very thesis of the book, its intense message, its profound insight.

Ruth Almog's descriptions of landscape are the most powerful and exciting I have ever encountered in Hebrew literature, especially because it is so close to the world of the character. It seems to complement human existence and even contributes to its complexity.
Critic Yaakov Siman-Tov

Almog Roots of Light
Title Roots of Light
Author’s Last Name Almog
Author's First Name Ruth
Language(s) Hebrew, Arabic
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Keter, Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1987; 2002
No. Pages 359 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Shorshei Avir
Representation Represented by ITHL


Arabic: Cairo, Al Dar al-Arabia, 2005
"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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