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Shimon Ballas

Shimon Ballas was born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1930, and immigrated to Israel in 1951. He published stories and essays in the local Arab press for several years. Later, he spent four years in Paris, where he received his PhD from the Sorbonne. Ballas has taught Arabic literature at Haifa University and now divides his time between Tel Aviv and Paris, where he does most of his writing.
Ballas published his first novel in Hebrew in 1964 and has been writing fiction and essays ever since. He has been awarded the Prime Minister`s Prize for Literature twice (1978, 1993) and the President`s Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2006).

Shimon Ballas

Books Published in Hebrew

The Transit Camp (novel), Am Oved, 1964 [Ha-Maʹabara]
Facing the Wall (stories), Massada, 1969 [Mul Ha-Choma]
Ashab from Baghdad (novel), Am Oved, 1970 [Ashab Mi-Bagdad]
Clarification (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1972 [Hitbaharut]
Arab Literature in the Shadow of War (non-fiction), Am Oved, 1978 [Ha-Sifrut Ha-Aravit Be-Tzel Ha-Milchama]
Downtown (stories), Tarmil, 1979 [Ba-Ir Ha-Tachtit]
A Locked Room (novel), Zmora-Bitan-Modan, 1980 [Cheder Naʹul]
Last Winter (novel) , Keter, 1988 [Choref Acharon]
The Heir (novel), Zmora-Bitan, 1987 [Ha-Yoresh]
He Is Different (novel) , Zmora-Bitan, 1991; Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2005 [Ve-Hu Acher]
Signs of Autumn (stories), Zmora-Bitan, 1992 [Otot Stav]
Not in Her Place (novel), Zmora-Bitan, 1994 [Lo Bimkoma]
Solo (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1998 [Solo]
Tel Aviv East (novel), Bimat Kedem, 1998 [Tel Aviv Mizrach]
Tel Aviv East: Trilogy (novels), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2003 [Tel Aviv Mizrach: Trilogya]
The End of the Visit (novella & stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2008 [Tom Ha-Bikur]
First Person Singular (autobiography), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2009 [Be-Guf Rishon]

Books in Translation

English (Outcast): San Francisco, City Lights, 2007

Signs of Autumn
French: Paris, Gilgamesh, 1996
Arabic: Cologne, al-Kamel, 1996

The Shoes of Tanboury
English: New York, Sabra Books, 1970

Arabic Literature in the Shadow of War
French: Paris, Anthropos, 1980
Arabic: Beirut, Dar al-Mashriq, 1984

Secular Trends in Arabic Literature
Arabic: Cologne, al-Kamel, 1992
Congratulations to Zeruya Shalev and Shifra Horn for receiving the 2017 Adei Wizo Prize.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award! The books on the longlist are selected by 400 libraries worldwide. Titles are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library.
The second edition of the Letters of Israel festival will take place in Paris from September 8 to 18, 2017
After the success of its first edition, the Lettres d'Israël festival is gaining momentum, with an enriched program: meetings, conversations, readings , Theater, major authors and discoveries. Zeruya Shalev, Orly Castel-bloom, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Iris Argaman, and many more will participate. Click here for the full program:
Call for application: Artists in Residence Programme in Austria. Please note the deadline: September 18th, 2017.
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies to visual artists / art photographers / composers / video and media artists / writers / literary translators and arts and cultural educators in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2018. For more details:
Yizhak Mayer: "Meet the Author" Event
Ambassador Yizhak Mayer, author of the moving book “Silent Letter” will hold a “meet the author” event in Netanya. For further info about the event: And for more details about the title click here:
ITHL director on Grossman's win
"Grossman winning is not only his own achievement, but the achievement of the Hebrew literature as a whole", - Nilli Cohen on the first Hebrew author to receive Man Booker International Prize. Click here for the full article in Hebrew.
Chana Bloch dies at 77
Chana Bloch, a revered poet and translator from Hebrew and Yiddish, has sadly passed away earlier this month. Among her many remarkable achievements is the wonderful translation of a collection of poems by Dahlia Ravikovitch​ (W. W. Norton & Company). Chana will be greatly missed.
Yitzchak Mayer's personal website goes live
English edition of Yitzchak Mayer's amazing "Silent Letter" is about to come out with Mosaic Press. Learn more about the author's incredible life story on his brand new website.
Dayan on feminism and writing
Following the release of "Transitions" in English, Yael Dayan talks to Lilith Magazine about her past aspirations and present pursuits. Click here to read the full interview.
Gundar-Goshen's Op-Ed for Time
To mark the US publication of "Waking Lions" Ayelet Gundar-Goshen talks about the refugee crisis, internal walls and people behind them in the op-ed for Time. Click here to read the article.
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