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Letters to a Tyrant

Haim Assa
A young woman writes letters to the despot ruling her country. At first she protests because her husband has gone to fight in an unexplained, distant war, but from letter to letter she becomes obsessed with hatred for the tyrant. Eventually, her image of him as a dreadful worm invading her body drives her mad. When her husband, who adored the ruler, returns from the war crippled, she is scarcely aware of him. In the final scene she kills him to clear the path for her satanic lover.

This is a brilliant allegorical exposition of the way tyranny lowers the human spirit, how people plainly reject tyranny, yet passionately desire it.
Author Yoram Kaniuk

This is both an allegory about totalitarian rule, and a story of burgeoning feminist awareness.... Original, interesting and extremely readable.
Critic Hedda Bosches

This book reaches deep. [It is] the protest of an individual consciousness against totalitarianism, or a spiritual battle between love and politics.
Jerusalem Post

Assa Letters to a Tyrant
Title Letters to a Tyrant
Author’s Last Name Assa
Author's First Name Haim
Genre novella
Publisher (Hebrew) Hakibbutz Hameuchad
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1993
No. Pages 92 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Michtav Le-Aritz
Representation Represented by ITHL


"An original, extraordinary book" The Brenner prize committee
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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.
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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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