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Sami Michael

Sami Michael, one of Israel's best-known authors, was born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1926. At age 15, he joined a leftist underground movement acting against the regime in Iraq. In 1948, his activities were discovered and he fled to Iran, making his way to Israel a year later. After working for four years as an editor at Arabic-language dailies, he studied hydrology at the British Institute and joined the Israel Hydrology Authority where he worked for 25 years. During this time, he also studied psychology and Arabic literature at Haifa University. Michael has published novels, youth books, non-fiction and a number of plays. He has received many literary awards, including the WIZO Prize (Paris), the ACUM Prize, the Brenner Prize (2004), the Ze`ev Prize, an IBBY Award (Berlin), the Israel Prize, the President`s Prize (2005), the EMET Prize (2007) and the ACUM Award for Lifetime Achievement (2012). For his work for peace, he has been honored by the UN-supported Society for International Development, and the Association for Promotion of Peace in the Middle East (Italy). He has also been awarded honorary doctorates by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1995), Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (2000) and Tel A Aviv University (2002) for his literary work and contribution to inter-communal reconciliation. Since 2001, Michael has been the president of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.

Books Published in Hebrew
All Men Are Equal, But Some Are More (novel), Am Oved, 1974 [Shavim Ve-Shavim Yoter]
Storm Among the Palms (youth), Am Oved, 1975 [Sufah Ben Ha-Dekalim]
Refuge (novel), Am Oved, 1977 [Hasut]
A Handful of Fog (novel), Am Oved, 1979 [Hofen Shel Arafel]
Tin Shacks and Dreams (youth), Am Oved, 1979 [Pahonim Ve-Halomot]
These Are the Tribes of Israel (non-fiction), Am Oved, 1984 [Ele Shivtei Israel]
A Trumpet in the Wadi (novel), Am Oved, 1987 [Hatzotzrah Ba-Wadi]
Love Among the Palms (youth), Domino, 1990 [Ahavah Bein Ha-Dekalim]
Victoria (novel), Am Oved, 1993; Am Oved, Yedioth Ahronoth, 2010 [Victoria]
Brown Devils (youth), Yedioth Ahronoth, 1993 [Shedim Humim]
Unbounded Ideas (non-fiction), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2000 [Gvulot Ha-Ruach]
The Third Wing (novella), Keter, 2000 [Ha-Kanaf Ha-Shlishit]
The Israel Experience (non-fiction), Maariv, 2001 [Ha-Chavaia Ha-Israelit]
Water Kissing Water (novel), Am Oved, 2001 [Mayim Noshkim Le-Mayim]
Pigeons at Trafalgar Square (novel), Am Oved, 2005 [Yonim Be-Trafalgar]
Aida (novel), Zmora Bitan, 2008 [Aida]
Letters Go to the Sea (children-picture bk), Dvir, 2009 [Otiyot Holchot La-Yam]
The Flight of the Swans (novel), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2011 [Me'of Ha-Barburim]
Little Cricked Singing in the Rain (children-picture bk), Dvir, 2012 [Tzirtzaron Shar Gam Ba-Choref]
Drop and Droplet (children picture-bk), Dvir, 2014 [Tipa Ve-Tiponet]
Diamond from the Wilderness (novel), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2015 [Yahalom Min Ha-Yeshimon] 

Demons in the Basement, Haifa Theater, 1983 [Shedim Ba-Martef]
Twins, Haifa Theater, 1988 [Te'omim]
He, Tzavta Theater, 1999 [Hu]

Books in Translation
Dutch: Amsterdam, Arena, 1994; prback: Rainbow, Amsterdam, 1996
English: London, Macmillan, 1995
German: Berlin, Berlin Verlag, 1995; Berlin, Berlin Taschenbuch, 2007
Greek: Athens, Psichogios, 1995
Arabic: Cairo, Al-Dar Al-Arabiah wal-Nashr, 1995; Cologne, Al-Kamel Verlag, 2005 

French: Paris, Denoel, 1996
Italian: Florfence, Giuntina, 2007
Chinese: Haikou, Nanhai Publishing Co., 2010
Russian: Moscow, Text, 2011  

English: Philadelphia, Jewish Publishers Society, 1988
Italian: Florence, Giuntuna, 2008

A Handful of Fog
German: Frankfurt, Alibaba, 1993; pback: Munich, Goldmann, 1997

Trumpet in the Wadi
English: New York, Simon & Schuster, 2003
German: Berlin, Berlin Verlag, 1996; pback: Munich, Goldmann, 1998 
Dutch: Amsterdam, Vassallucci, 1996
Italian: Florence, Giuntina, 2006
French: Paris, Calmann-Levy, 2006

Persian: Los Angeles, CA, The Graduate Society Foundation, 2007

Chinese: Haikou, Nanhai Publishing Co., 2009  

Storm Over the Palms
German: Modling, St. Gabriel, 1995; pback: Weinheim, Beltz & Gelberg, 1998

Love Among the Palms
Russian: Jerusalem, Aliya, 1989
German: Vienna, Gabriel, 2000; Munich, Bertelsmann, 2003
Romanian: Bucharest, Allfa, 2006

Tin Shacks and Dreams
Russian: Jerusalem, Aliya, 1994

Pigeons at Trafalgar Square
Turkish: Istanbul, GOA, 2008

Croatian: Zagreb, Fraktura, 2014

Drop and Droplet
Arabic: Bnei Brak, Israeli Center for Libraries, 2014

Sami Michael

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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