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Igal Mossinsohn

Igal Mossinsohn (1917-1994), was born in Ein-Ganeem, near Petah Tikva. He was an author, film producer, playwright, children`s author and inventor. Mossinsohn graduated from the Ben-Shemen agricultural school and joined a kibbutz, where he lived from 1938 to 1950. After being arrested by the British authorities for anti-mandate activities, he volunteered for the Palmach. He fought in the Israeli 1948 War of Independence as an officer and military judge. He served as press and information officer for the police force between 1952 and 1954. After six years in the United States he returned to Israel in 1965. His first story was published in 1944 and in 1950 the first volume of his Hasamba children`s adventure series appeared. The series granted him national acclaim and included some 44 sequels. Mossinsohn received the Prime Minister`s Prize for Literature, the Ussishkin Prize for A Man`s Way, the Cleveland Prize for Cambyses and the David`s Violin Prize for Casablan.

Books Published in Hebrew
The Shepherds` Backpack (stories, 4 vols), 1944 [Yalkut Haroim]
Gray as a Sack (stories), Sifriat Poalim, 1946 [Aforim Ka-Sak]
Tamar, Wife of Er, Tarshish, 1947 [Tamar Eshet Er]
In the Negev Plains, Twersky, 1948 [Be-Arvot Ha-Negev]
Who Said He`s Black? (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1948 [Mi Amar She-Hu Shahor]
The Road to Jericho (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1950 [Ha-Derech Le-Yeriho]
With a Wise Man (play), Twersky, 1951
If There Is Justice (play), Twersky, 1951 [Im Yesh Tzedek]
A Man`s Way (stories), Twersky, 1953 [Derech Gever]
Stories, Twersky, 1954 [Sipurei Igal Mossinsohn]
Throw Him to the Dogs (play), Gadish, 1958 [Zerok Oto La-Klavim]
Breaking the Vessels (novel), Ohel, 1959 [Shovrim Et Ha-Kelim]
Judas (novel), Am Oved, 1963 [Yehuda Ish Krayot]
El Dorado (stories), Tirosh, 1963 [Eldorado]
About Women and Men (stories), Tcherikover, 1970 [Al Nashim Ve-Al Gevarim]
Cherchez la Femme (stories), Tcherikover, 1971
Women Grow Horns, La`eesha, 1972 [Nasheem Matzmichot Karnaeem]
Long Live the Little Difference (novel), Tcherikover, 1974 [Yehi Ha-Hevdel Hakatan]
Tarantella (novel), Ramdor, 1979
The Spies in Rachav`s Bourdel (play), Shalgi, 1980 [Ha-Meraglim Ba-Burdel Shel Rahav Ha-Zona]
A Selection of Hot Stories, Ramdor, 1981 [Mivhar Sipurim Lohatim]
A Death Kiss in Bed (play), Or Am, 1991 [Mitat Neshikah Ba-Mita]

The Hasamba Series - 44 books
The Heroic Children and Zanzibar the Parrot, Shalgi, 1977 [Ha-Yeladim Ha-Giborim Ve-Ha-Tuki Zanzibar]
Zanzibar the Parrot`s Pranks, Shalgi, 1978 [Ta`alulei Ha-Tuki Zanzibar]
Zanzibar the Parrot in the Kindergarden, Shalgi, 1978 [Ha-Tuki Zanzibar Begaan Hayeladim]
What Happened to the Centipede`s Nails?, Shalgi, 1981 [Ma Karah La-Tzipornayim Shel Marbe Ha- Raglayim]
Dangerous Adventures at the Bewitched Castle, Shalgi, 1984 [Harpatkaot Mesukanot Ba-Armon Ha-Mechushaf]
Hasamba in Jail, The Jewish Agency, 1985 [Hasamba Bebeit Haasurim]
What Happened to Children and Parents Who Changed Places?, Shalgi, 1985 [Ma Kara La-Yeladim Ve-La-Horim She Hithalfu Ba-Tafkidim]
The Little Shepherd David Against Goliath the Giant, Shalgi, 1988 [David Ha-Roe Ha-Kat Nilham Ba-Anak Goliat]

Tamar, Wife of Er [Ohel, 1952]
In the Negev Plains [Habima, 1948]
A Day After the War [Hamatateh, 1950]
Tower of Babel [Hamatateh, 1951]
The Nameless Man, Fridman, 1953
Cambyses, 1955
El Dorado [Ohel, 1955]
Shulamit (musical) [Do-Re-Me, 1956]
Throw Him to the Dogs [Habima, 1958]
The Narcotics Addict [Sadan]
Casablan [Cameri, 1954]
Notes in the Hat [Zira, 1958]
The Black Sabbath [Ohel, 1959]
A Happy Evening in Park Avenue [Haifa Theater, 1965]
Breaking the Vessels [Ohel, 1968]
Shimshon [Habima, 1969]
Books in Translation
English: New York, St. Martin`s Press, 1963
French: Paris, Calmann-Levy, 1965
Spanish: Buenos Aires, Siglo Veinte, 1967

In the Negev Plains
English: The New York Publ. House, 1954
French: Jerusalem, Org. Sioniste Mondiale, 1952

Spanish: Buenos Aires, Candelabro, 1958
Italian: Roma, Fond. per la Gioventu Ebraica, 1957

Igal Mossinsohn

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

Congratulations to Zeruya Shalev and Shifra Horn for receiving the 2017 Adei Wizo Prize.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award! The books on the longlist are selected by 400 libraries worldwide. Titles are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library.
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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