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Abba Kovner

Abba Kovner (1918-1987) was born in Sebastopol, Crimea, and grew up in Vilnius, Lithuania, where he graduated from the Hebrew Gymnasium. After the Nazi invasion, he joined the Jewish underground partisan organization, and in 1943 took command of the United Partisans Organization of the Vilnius ghetto. Shortly before the extermination of the ghetto, he led the Jewish Partisans' Battalion in the neighboring forests. An organizer of illegal immigration during the British Mandate, Kovner was imprisoned, freed and went on to fight in the War of Independence. He wrote his first collection of poetry in 1947, while imprisoned by the British. He then settled on Kibbutz Ein Hahoresh, where he lived until his death. Kovner, a novelist and essayist, was most notably a poet. He has been critically acclaimed worldwide. He received the prestigious Israel Prize for his work. Abba Kovner's experiences during World War II and the establishment of the State of Israel influence his writing throughout. "Poetry," said Kovner, "is a request for forgiveness for what we do in our lives, and for what was done to us." His poetry is very personal, yet painfully universal. Using rhyme, assonance, unusual syntax and graphic technique with formidable technical skill, Kovner dissolves the barriers between we, you, I and she. "The struggle to survive is eternal and timeless," writes poet Shirley Kaufman. "Kovner knows it in everything he writes... His concerns transcend the concerns of one people. The central predicament of his poems is not national but metaphysical and moral." He questions how we remain human in an inhuman world.

Books Published in Hebrew            
While There is Still Night, Sifriat Poalim, 1947 [Ad-Lo-Or]            
Parting From the South, Sifriat Poalim, 1949 [Prida Me-Ha-Darom]           
Sandy Ground, Sifriat Poalim, 1961 [Admat Ha-Chol]            
Of All the Loves, Sifriat Poalim, 1965 [Mi-Kol Ha-Ahavot]            
My Little Sister, Sifriat Poalim, 1967 [Achoti Ha-Ktana]            
A Canopy in the Desert, Sifriat Poalim, 1970 [Chupa Ba-Midbar]

The Rhythm Band Appears, Sifriat Poalim, 1972 [Lehakat Ha-Ketzev Mofi'a Al Har Grizim]            
The Small Book, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1973 [Ha-Sefer Ha-Katan] Observation Points, Sifriat Poalim, 1977 [Tatzpit]            
To, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1980 [El]
Scrolls of Fire, Keter, 1981 [Megilot Ha-Esh]
Sloan-Kettering, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1986 [Sloan Kettering]

Songs of Rosa, Sifriat Poalim, 1987 [Shirat Rosa]            
Collected Poems, Bialik Institute, 1996 [Kol Shirei Abba Kovner]

Delaying Wounds, Am Oved, 1998 [Le'akev Et Ha-Kri'a]

Wear Your Light, Shlomit, Sifriat Poalim, 2017 [Livshi Orech Shlomit: Me-Aba Le-Shlomit Bito]

Face to Face (2-vol. novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1953 [Panim El Panim]
On the Narrow Bridge (essays), Sifriat Poalim, 1981 [Al Ha-Gesher Ha-Tzar]
His Own and About Him, Beit Mordechai Anilevitch, 1988 [Mi-Shelo Ve-Alav]
Testimonial Scrolls, Bialik Institute, 1993 [Megilot Ha-Edut]

A Journey to the Land of Imagination (children), Sifriat Poalim, 1981 [Masa El Eretz Ha-Dimyon]
Something About Whales (children), Sifriat Poalim, 1989 [Mashehu Al Livyatanim]
Michael, the Little Angel (children), Sifriat Hapoalim, 1989 [Ha-Malach Ha-Katan Michael]

Books in Translation            
Abba Kovner and Nelly Sachs: Selected Poems            
English: Harmondsworth, Penguin Books, 1971            

A Canopy in the Desert            
English: Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1973            

My Little Sister & Selected Poems            
English: Oberlin, Oberlin College Press, 1986            

Testimonial Scrolls            
Russian: Jerusalem, Aliya Library, 1989
Mother and Child
English: New York, World Zionist Organization, 1972  

Abba Kovner

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

"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,
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

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