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Ben-Zion Tomer

Ben-Zion Tomer (1928-1998) was born in Poland. He was forced to flee to Siberia in the Soviet Union with his family during World War II and later immigrated to Eretz Israel at age fifteen, via Iran. During the War of Independence he fought with the Palmach and was captured by the Jordanians. Following his return to Israel, he studied philosophy and literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. For years the editor of the literary magazine Masa, he also taught literature at various kibbutz and teachers colleges. From 1966 to 1968 he served as Israel`s cultural attache in Brazil, and from 1969 to 1977 he was an advisor to the Ministry of Culture and Education.
Best known as a playwright, Tomer was also a poet, novelist and translator from Russian and Polish. His work has been translated into several languages, and his play, Children of the Shadows, was performed in the US and Canada.






Books Published in Hebrew
River Returning (poetry), Machbarot Lesifrut, 1959 [Nahar Hozer]
Children of the Shadows (play), Amikam, 1963 [Yaldei Ha-Tzel]
On the Equator (poetry), Ekked, 1969 [Al Kav Ha-Mashveh]
Via Salt (prose), Tarmil, 1978 [Derech Ha-Melach] 


Books in Translation
Children of the Shadows
English: Jerusalem, World Zionist Organization, 1970; Tel Aviv, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature, 1982
French: Tel Aviv, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature, 1985
Spanish: Jerusalem, Organizacion Sionista Mundial, 1972
German: Munich, Stueckgut Theater Verlag, 1986























































































































































                                                                         
Ben-Zion Tomer

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

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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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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, birkenhauer@013.net and Gadi Goldberg, gadi.goldberg@gmail.com
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Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

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