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Sami Berdugo

Sami Berdugo was born in 1970. He studied comparative literature and history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. At present, he teaches creative writing at Tel Aviv University and Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. He also holds writing workshops for youth. Berdugo has published novels, short stories and novellas. In 1998, he won the Haaretz Short Story Competition. He has also been awarded the Yaakov Shabtai Prize (2002), the Peter Schweifert Prize (2003), the Bernstein Prize (2003), the Prime Minister's Prize (2005), the Neuman Prize (2007) and the Isaac Leib and Rachel Goldberg Prize for his novel That Is to Say (2010). His novel, An Ongoing Tale on Landwas shortlisted for the Sapir Prize (2015) and won the Kugel Prize (2016), and his last novel, Because Guy [Parce que Guy], is shortlisted for the 2017 Sapir Prize. Berdugo is the first Israeli to be awarded a Sanskriti Foundation Residency (New Delhi, 2007).

 

For literature such as this, frequencies have to be reset.

Haaretz

 

A challenge to Israelis’ concept of time and logic…language that succeeds in reviving dimensions that had been lost to Hebrew.

Israel Hayom

 

Shows a new level of Berdugo’s ability to leverage the Hebrew language in a sophisticated and original manner. A daring, but also credible, adventure.

A. B. Yehoshua

 

This book is another brick in Sami Bardugo’s very significant literary project, one of clarifying issues of alienation and belonging in Hebrew literature.

The Sapir Prize Jury

Sami Berdugo

Books Published in Hebrew

Black Girl (stories), Babel, 1999; Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2013 [Yalda Shchora]
And Say to the Wind (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2002 [Kacha Ani Medaberet Im Ha-Ruach]
Orphans (novellas) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2006 [Yetomim]
That Is to Say (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2010 [Ze Ha-Dvarim]
The Last Child of the Century (stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2011 [Ha-Yeled Ha-Acharon Shel Ha-Meʹa]
An Ongoing Tale on Land (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2014 [Sipur Hoveh Al Pnei Ha-Eretz]
Because Guy [Parce que Guy] (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2017 [Ki Gi]

Books in Translation

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"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)".
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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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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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