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Avoth Yeshurun

Avoth Yeshurun (1904-1992), was born in Ukraine as Yehiel Perlmutter. He was raised in a Hassidic home and immigrated to Eretz Israel in 1925. His family was killed during the Holocaust. Yeshurun spent a great deal of time in rural Jewish and Arab villages, intermittently dredging swamps, picking fruit and working as a watchman and a construction worker. In later years he became a regular contributor to the literary journal Siman Kriah. He was awarded the Brenner Prize (1967), the Bialik Prize (1979) and the Israel Prize (1992). "Language," wrote Yeshurun, "is in the hands of the artist. He doesn't feel it until he breaks it; and when he lets it slip and fall... he hears its voice, the language that is his." Hence Yeshurun's mixed tenses, unusual syntax and the collapsing of tongues - Yiddish, Arabic, Polish, American and Israeli slang - in the creation of what has been described as "half-and-half Hebrew." Translator and poet Gabriel Levin has called him "Israel's most innovative poet to date", and indeed Yeshurun frequently combines his idiosyncratic style with political themes and a tone ironically or elegiacally moralistic. A poetry of parts, Yeshurun's work contains elements from all of his varied experiences, "and all of this," Levin goes on to say, "adds up, piece by piece, to a broad, complex vision of Eretz Israel: the poetry's jagged surface reflecting not only the tears of the poet's own life, but the life of the entire nation."            

Books Published in Hebrew
On the Wisdom of Roads, Machbarot Lesifrut, 1942 [Al Chochmot Drachim]
Re'em, The Hebrew Writers Association, Dvir, 1960 [Re'em]            
Thirty Pages of Avoth Yeshurun, Schocken, 1964 [Shloshim Amud Shel Avoth Yeshurun]            
This Is the Name of the Book, Schocken, 1970 [Ze Shem Ha-Sefer]
The Syrian-African Rift, University Publishing Projects/ Siman Kriah, 1974 [Ha-Shever Ha-Suri Afrikani]            
A Cappella Voices, University Publishing Projects/ Siman Kriah, 1977 [Kapela Kolot]
Entrance Gate, Exit Gate, Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1981 [Sha'ar Knisa, Sha'ar Yetzi'a]            
Homograph, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1985 [Homograf]
Master of Rest, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1990 [Adon Menucha]            
I Have Not Now, Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1992 [Eyn Li Achshav]
Collected Poems [4 vols.]. Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1995-2001 [Kol Shirav]
Milvadata: Selected Poems, Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2009 [Milvadata: Mivchar 1934-1991]
The Home, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2013 [Ha-Bayit]

Books in Translation            
The Syrian-African Rift            
English: Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society, 1980 
French: Paris, Actes Sud, 2000   

Thirty Pages of Avoth Yeshurun

French: Paris, Eclat, 2017


Avoth Yeshurun

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

Congratulations to Barabara Harshav for the 2018 PEN Medal for Translation!
The prize is given to a translator whose career has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through the body of their work. Barbara Harshav has been translating works from French, German, Hebrew and Yiddish for over twenty years and has currently published over forty books of translation. Among the many Hebrew authors she has translated: Yoram Kaniuk, Agnon, Yehudit Hendel, Yehuda Amichai and many more.
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!
Congratulations to Ronit Matalon, the recipient of the 2017 Brenner prize for her book 'And the Bride Closed the Door". And, congratulations to Amir ziv, the recipent of the first ever Brenner prize for debut novels.
Ronit Matalon's book tells the story of Margie, a young bride, who shuts herself up in her mother's bedroom and declares that she won’t get married. Her family gathers at the locked door, not knowing what to do. Amir Ziv tells a story that begins as an apparently routine correspondence between a prying citizen, secretly in love with his neighbor, and a conscientious municipal clerk, and developes into an uncovering of a great underlying drama.
The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop April 29 to May 5, 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: Sunday, April 29, 2018 until Saturday, May 5, 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".

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.
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.
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