search
Home  \  Authors  \  Authors  \  Michal Govrin  \ 

Hold on to the Sun

Michal Govrin
Govrin's stories are linked by a common theme, a sudden break in petit bourgeois living that reveals the mystical moments of revelation underlying daily life. In the title story, a Jerusalem scholar who studies the history of Jewish prayer is looking for a special, long-neglected prayer book. He does not find the book. Instead, he comes across a story about a tribe living on a Pacific island which celebrates a yearly ritual of holding the sun. Other stories also contain unexpected discoveries.
The triptych "La Promenade"  portrays several Polish Holocaust survivors who meet in a peaceful summer resort. Memories of the Holocaust emerge through a weave of politeness and hypocrisy, underscoring the vanity of life and the insignificance of time.


In all of these stories, Govrin exercises magic or hypnosis.
Haaretz

Especially recommended to the discerning reader in search of quality fiction.
Critic Rachel Shklovsky


Govrin Hold on to the Sun
Title Hold on to the Sun
Author’s Last Name Govrin
Author's First Name Michal
Genre stories
Publisher (Hebrew) Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1984
No. Pages 141 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Leʹehoz Ba-Shemesh
Representation Represented by ITHL

Translations

English: New York, The Feminist Press, 2010 

The Name
English: New York, Riverhead Books, 1998; pback: 1999

Body of Prayer, with Jacques Derrida and David Shapiro (essay)
English: New York, The Cooper Union School of Architecture, 2001

Snapshots
English: New York, Riverhead Books, 2007
French: Paris, Sabine Wespieser, 2008 

Love on the Shore
French: Paris, Sabine Wespieser, 2013

 
NEWS
Congratulations to Zeruya Shalev and Shifra Horn for receiving the 2017 Adei Wizo Prize.

Details...
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.
Details...
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:
Details...
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:
Details...
Yizhak Mayer: "Meet the Author" Event
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: http://www.netanyaaaci.org.il/WebPages/BoxOfficePages/lectures2.htm And for more details about the title click here: http://www.ithl.org.il/page_15644
Details...
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.
Details...
Chana Bloch dies at 77
Chana Bloch, a revered poet and translator from Hebrew and Yiddish, has sadly passed away earlier this month. Among her many remarkable achievements is the wonderful translation of a collection of poems by Dahlia Ravikovitch​ (W. W. Norton & Company). Chana will be greatly missed.
Details...
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.
Details...
Dayan on feminism and writing
Following the release of "Transitions" in English, Yael Dayan talks to Lilith Magazine about her past aspirations and present pursuits. Click here to read the full interview.
Details...
Gundar-Goshen's Op-Ed for Time
To mark the US publication of "Waking Lions" Ayelet Gundar-Goshen talks about the refugee crisis, internal walls and people behind them in the op-ed for Time. Click here to read the article.
Details...
 
MHL - New webzine starting soon!