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Benny Barbash
Mickey is an advertising copywriter who studied art as a young man and dreamt of a career in art. He is unhappily married to a bitter woman. Unable to bear children and having had a mastectomy, she has settled for managing a gallery. She is aware of Mickey's philandering, but is reconciled to her fate. Mickey has a sharp sense of his life as a series of missed opportunities, which his sense of irony enables him to see with amused detachment. But one day, an adventure presents itself: sitting in a hotel lobby, he sees an attractive young waitress looking for a Mr. Sapiro. He decides to assume the identity of Sapiro, a notorious art forger thought to have died in a plane crash in the U.S., and as Sapiro he undertakes to copy a painting by a forgotten Renaissance artist, Johannes Gumpp. The client is an art aficionado who suffers from cancer and has a young wife, Leora. Thus, in a picturesque Italian fishing village, between vain attempts to copy Gumpp, Mickey carries on a sizzling affair with Leora as her husband lies dying in the next room. Luckily for him, the husband passes away before the deception is discovered. At this point, however, Leora informs him that she is pregnant.
The plot is at times comic, at times macabre, since Mickey is a brilliant intellectual who can laugh at life`s most confusing situations. In fact, the plot plays out inside his mind as he sits in front of a large mirror in the hotel lobby. Over and over again he reruns the events of his life - the past happy days with his wife, and the possibilities of life under an assumed identity. The result is a sophisticated novel where the boundary between imagination and reality is at its most elusive.

Barbash Rerun
Title Rerun
Author’s Last Name Barbash
Author's First Name Benny
Language(s) Hebrew, German, French
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2003
No. Pages 214 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Hiluch Chozer
Representation Represented by ITHL


German: Berlin, Berlin Verlag, 2005; pback: Berlin, Berliner Taschenbuch, 2007
French (Monsieur Sapiro): Paris, Zulma, 2012; pback: Paris, Points, 2016
"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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