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Aharon Shabtai

Aharon Shabtai, a poet and translator of Greek drama into Hebrew, was born in 1939 in Tel Aviv. He spent his childhood on Kibbutz Merhavia. After his military service, he studied Greek and philosophy and graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He continued his studies at the Sorbonne in Paris and at Cambridge University. His doctoral dissertation, on Aeschylus, was researched at the Sorbonne and defended at the Hebrew University in 1979. From 1972 to 1985, Shabtai taught Greek drama in the theater department of the Hebrew University. From 1990 to 2006 he was a lecturer on Greek literature in the poetics and comparative literature department of Tel Aviv University
Shabtai has received the Prime Minister’s Prize (1978), the Ministry of Education Award for Translation (1993), the Tchernichovsky Prize for Translation (1999), the Lea Goldberg Prize for his collection of poetry, Tanya (2009), and the Landau Award (2011).

Books Published in Hebrew
Teacher's Room, Achshav, 1966 [Chadar Ha-Morim]
Kibbutz, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1973 [Kibbutz]
Domestic Poem, Siman Kriah, 1976 [Ha-Poema Ha-Beitit]
Shit, Death, Achshav, 1979 [Chara, Mavet]
The Book of Nothing, Sifriat Poalim, 1981 [Sefer Ha-Klum]
Thread, Proza, 1981 [Chut]
The Donkey, Ekked, 1982 [He-Chamor]
The First Lecture, Achshav, 1985 [Ha-Hartza'ah Ha-Rishona]
Begin, Keter, 1986 [Begin]
Love, Am Oved, 1987 [Ahava] 
Domestic Poem (Domestic Poem; Shit, Death; The Donkey), Am Oved, 1990 [Ha-Po'ema Ha-Beitit]
Ziva, Zmora-Bitan, 1990 [Ziva]
Divorce, Bialik Institute, 1990 [Gerushin]
Metazivika, Zmora-Bitan, 1992 [Metazivika]
Heart, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1995 [Ha-Lev: Shloshim U-Shtayim Sonetot]
That Wonderful Month of May: Poems 1995-1996, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1997 [Be-Chodesh May Ha-Nifla: Shirim 1995-1996]
Politics, Even Hoshen, 1999 [Politika]
Our Land: Poems 1987-2002, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2002 [Artzenu: Shirim 1987-2002]
Sun Oh Sun, Xargol, 2005 [Shemesh Shemesh]
Tanya: Poems 2005-2008, Xargol/ Am Oved, 2008 [Tanya: Shirim 2005-2008]
Seven Poems, Xargol/ Am Oved, 2012 [Sheva Po'emot]

Greek Mythology, Mapa, 2000 [Ha-Mitologya Ha-Yevanit]

Books in Translation
The Domestic Poem
French: Montpellier, Editions de l`Eclat, 1987

First Lecture
French: Montpellier, Editions de l`Eclat, 1990

Love and Selected Poems
English: New York, Sheep Meadow, 1997; pback, 1999

Selected Poems
English (Love & Selected Poems): New York, Sheep Meadow, 1997; pback, 1999; 2011
English (J'Accuse): New York, New Directions, 2003
English (War & Love, Love & War): New York, New Directions, 2010

Aharon Shabtai

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

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"An original, extraordinary book" The Brenner prize committee
Congratulations to Noga Albalach, winner of the 2018 Brenner prize for her book "The Old Man (Farewell)".
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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Congratulations to Sami Berdugo and Shoham Smith, recipients of the 2018 Bialik Prize, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in Israel!

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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