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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

The second edition of the Letters of Israel festival will take place in Paris from September 8 to 18, 2017
After the success of its first edition, the Lettres d'Israël festival is gaining momentum, with an enriched program: meetings, conversations, readings , Theater, major authors and discoveries. Zeruya Shalev, Orly Castel-bloom, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Iris Argaman, and many more will participate. Click here for the full program:
Call for application: Artists in Residence Programme in Austria. Please note the deadline: September 18th, 2017.
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies to visual artists / art photographers / composers / video and media artists / writers / literary translators and arts and cultural educators in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2018. For more details:
Yizhak Mayer: "Meet the Author" Event
Ambassador Yizhak Mayer, author of the moving book “Silent Letter” will hold a “meet the author” event in Netanya. For further info about the event: And for more details about the title click here:
ITHL director on Grossman's win
"Grossman winning is not only his own achievement, but the achievement of the Hebrew literature as a whole", - Nilli Cohen on the first Hebrew author to receive Man Booker International Prize. Click here for the full article in Hebrew.
Chana Bloch dies at 77
Chana Bloch, a revered poet and translator from Hebrew and Yiddish, has sadly passed away earlier this month. Among her many remarkable achievements is the wonderful translation of a collection of poems by Dahlia Ravikovitch​ (W. W. Norton & Company). Chana will be greatly missed.
Yitzchak Mayer's personal website goes live
English edition of Yitzchak Mayer's amazing "Silent Letter" is about to come out with Mosaic Press. Learn more about the author's incredible life story on his brand new website.
Dayan on feminism and writing
Following the release of "Transitions" in English, Yael Dayan talks to Lilith Magazine about her past aspirations and present pursuits. Click here to read the full interview.
Gundar-Goshen's Op-Ed for Time
To mark the US publication of "Waking Lions" Ayelet Gundar-Goshen talks about the refugee crisis, internal walls and people behind them in the op-ed for Time. Click here to read the article.
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