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Swans from Another Lake

Roni Givati
AGE: 11-13

Teenage Noga and her mother have left their kibbutz to join Noga's father in London. Two worlds converge when Noga meets her cousin, Miriam.
Noga has never so much as seen a film, much less all that makes up a glamorous city like London. She is Israeli and secular; Miriam is British and religious, sophisticated and wise to the ways of diaspora Jews. They become friends, after a fashion. Each has a rich store of views and enthusiasms, but most of these diverge.
Noga doesn't know what to do with all the forks on Miriam's table. Miriam will not walk in the street eating food. They fight about the existence of God and the creation of the universe and the proprietry of swimming in public baths. Noga is used to feeling confident and sure of her ground, but now she often backs down. When sent to Miriam's religious school she pretends observance and is terrified that she'll be found out. The rigid English school makes Noga miserable.
Noga is exposed to questions of identity, religion, loyalty and even manners. As she begins to re-evaluate certainties held dear since childhood, Noga grows and develops. This is not only a good story about moving to a different country, but also a credible account of growing up.

Swans from Another Lake
Title Swans from Another Lake
Author’s Last Name Givati
Author's First Name Roni
Language(s) Hebrew, German
Genre youth
Publisher (Hebrew) Sifriat Poalim
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1989
No. Pages 112 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Barburim Me-Agam Acher
Representation Represented by ITHL


German: Frankfurt, Alibaba, 1992; pback: Munich, Bertelsmann/Omnibus, 2000
"An original, extraordinary book" The Brenner prize committee
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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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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, and Gadi Goldberg,
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