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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

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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:
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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!