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Yonathan Ratosh

Yonathan Ratosh (1908-1981) was born Uriel Halperin in Warsaw, Poland. His family, which spoke Hebrew at home, immigrated to Eretz Israel in 1921.He published his first poem in 1926. Ratosh studied at the Hebrew University and at the Sorbonne. In the mid-1930s, he edited the Revisionist movement's newspaper and was active in right-wing underground organizations. In 1939, he founded the Canaanite movement, which rejected both religion and Jewish nationalism. This group promoted the theory of a shared cultural heritage for the entire Middle East. He founded and co-edited Alef, a widely translated literary journal, that included the works of Stendhal, Camus, Shaw and O'Neill. Ratosh was awarded the Prime Minister's Prize.
The literary expression of the Canaanite movement was strongly influenced by an ancient, pre-biblical mythology and vocabulary, and Ratosh's own work is closely linked to the movement's political theory. The poems of his early period are marked by a strict structure, playing with rhyme and repetition to create an almost hypnotic effect. In contrast, Ratosh's later work sheds these tools and instead employs a colloquial diction and more contemporary style. In spite of the changes, his structure and metre remain unconventional and thus uniquely individual. While the movement founded by Ratosh was never broad, T. Carmi wrote that "its emphasis on myth and its stylistic mannerisms had considerable impact on contemporary poetry."

Books Published in Hebrew
Black Canopy, Machbarot Lesifrut, 1941 [Hupah Shchorah]
Yohemed, Machbarot Lesifrut, 1942 [Yohemed]
Boulder, Dvir/Hebrew Writers Association, 1959 [Tzela]
Songs of Accounting, Hadar, 1963 [Shirei Heshbon]
Real Songs, Hadar, 1965 [Shirei Mamash]
Songs of the Swords, Sifriat Saharon, 1969 [Shirei Herev]
Poems, Hadar, 1974 [Shirim]
Women's Love, Dvir, 1975 [Ahavat Nashim]
Songs of a Maiden, Dvir, 1975 [Shirei Nearah]
Penny Songs, Dvir, 1975 [Shirei Prat]
Collected Poems (3 vols.), Hadar, 1974, 1975 [Yalkut Shirim]
Love Poems, Hadar, 1983 [Shirei Ahavah]
Letters, Hadar, 1986

Yonathan Ratosh

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

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.
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.
MHL - New webzine starting soon!