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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
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Professional program of literary translation 2018 September 3rd - November 11th - CITL of Arles (France) November 22 - 27 - Tel Aviv (Israel) Deadline for filing applications with the CITL: Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Details in the link below
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Call for applications English speakers: Stay culture in Paris (deadline: June 12th, 2018)
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Congratulations to Sami Berdugo and Shoham Smith, recipients of the 2018 Bialik Prize, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in Israel!

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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!
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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, birkenhauer@013.net and Gadi Goldberg, gadi.goldberg@gmail.com
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Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

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