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Amnon Shamosh

Amnon Shamosh was born in Aleppo, Syria, in 1929, and came to pre-state Israel as a child. He fought in the 1948 War of Independence in the elite Palmach unit and later became one of the founding members of Kibbutz Ma`ayan Baruch, where he lives today. A graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Hebrew and English literature, Shamosh has taught at a regional high school and served as its principal. He has also been UNESCO`s special envoy to French-speaking countries in Africa.
Shamosh began his literary career at age 40, and writes poetry and prose for both children and adults. His novel, Michel Ezra Safra and Sons, has been adapted for TV. Shamosh has received several literary prizes, including the Agnon Prize (1979), the Shalom Aleichem Award (1986), the ACUM Prize (1998) the President's Prize (2001) and the Arik Einstein Prize (2014).

Books Published in Hebrew
Icebergs and Bells (children), Massada, 1966 [Karhonim Ou-Pa`amonim]
Yumia (youth), Achiasaf, 1969 [Yumia]
The Way of a Ship in the Midst of the Sea (novella), Srebrek, 1972 [Derech Oniyah Be-Lev Yam]
My Sister the Bride (stories), Massada, 1974 [Ahoti Kalah]
Michel Ezra Safra and Sons (novel), Massada, 1978 [Michel Ezra Safra U-Banav]
Calamus and Cinnamon (stories), Massada, 1979 [Kane Ve-Kinamon]
A Kibbutz is a Kibbutz is a Kibbutz (stories, play, and sketches), Massada, 1980 [Kibbutz Hu Kibbutz Hu Kibbutz]
Spanish Diwan (poetry), Massada, 1981 [Diwan Sfaradi]
With Me from Lebanon (stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1981 [Iti Mi-Levanon]
A Fountain Sealed (stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1984 [Ma`ayan Hatum]
Upon a Harp With a Solemn Sound (poetry), Sifriat Poalim, 1984 [Alei Higaion Ve-Kinor]
Haketer, the Story of Aleppo Codex (non-fiction), Ben Zvi Institute, 1987 [Haketer, Sipuro Shel Keter Aram-Tzoba]
From the Source (essays), Carta, 1988 [Min Ha-Ma`ayan]
The Cedars of Lebanon (novel), Massada, 1990 [Arazim]
Marrano Mountain (stories), Massada, 1991 [Har Ha-Anusim]
Autumn Stories, Fall Colors (stories), Modan, 1995 [Sipurei stav, Tsivei Shalehet]
On the Silk Road (novel), Aviv, 2000 [Derech Eretz Ha-Meshi]
Collected Works (stories, 2 vols), Aviv, 2000
Collected Works (novels, 2 vols), Aviv, 2001
Collected Works (poetry), Aviv, 2005
Liri's Chronicles: Stories from the Third Half, Massada, 2015 [Pirkei Liri: Sipurei Ha-Machatzit Ha-Shlishit]
Good Morning Alz Heimer (non fiction), Massada, 2015 [Boker Tov Altz Haymer]  

Books in Translation
My Sister the Bride
Spanish: Tel Aviv, Massada, 1977
English: Tel Aviv, Massada, 1979

Michel Ezra Safra and Sons
Spanish: Jerusalem, Semana, 1984
French: Paris, Joseph Clims, 1986
Arabic: Shefaram, Shefar`am, Dar Al-Mashreq, 1986

Marrano Mountain
English: Tel Aviv, Massada, 1992
Arabic: Shefar`am, Shefar`am, Dar Al-Mashreq, 1992

Selected Stories
Arabic: Shefar`am, Dar Al-Mashreq, 1999


Amnon Shamosh

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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