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My First Sony

Benny Barbash

Funny, bittersweet and often shocking, the story of 10-year-old Yotam’s family unfolds via the recordings Yotam made on a tape recorder he got from his father. For several years, the boy records the goings-on in his family, and through this medium the reader also observes a panorama of Israel in the ‘80s, with all its political extremes. Yotam's architect mother is a leftist, born in Argentina, a vociferous supporter of the Peace Now movement; his father, a mediocre playwright, is too busy cheating on his wife and promoting his reputation as a womanizer to have consistent political views. In addition, there are Yotam’s older brother and younger sister, two crazy aunts, right-wing religious uncles, four grandparents and more. But My First Sony is not simply a mirror of contemporary Israeli society. Yotam’s tapes monitor the gradual dissolution of his parents’ unhappy marriage, and the rhythms of the family dance, carried out over several generations.

A funny and hyper-realistic chonicle with irresistible scenes of political-familial hysteria... Deliciously precise and mocking.

A talented, profound and subtle writer.
Livres Hebdo

Delicious humor and a razor-sharp perception for the absurd in life.
Berliner Morgenpost

Barabash's achievement is that he has made intelligible... the relationship in Israel today between the historical conflict and the contemporary one.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Masterly. Benny Barbash is one of the rising Israeli writers.
Navtemboriki (Greece)


Title My First Sony
Author’s Last Name Barbash
Author's First Name Benny
Language(s) English, German, French, Italian, Greek, Spanish
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1994
No. Pages 224 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) My First Sony
Representation Represented by ITHL


English: London, Headline Reviews, 1999; pback: London, Review, 1999
German: Berlin, Berlin Verlag, 1996; pback: Berlin, Ullstein,1999; Berlin, List, 2003, Berlin, BTV, 2009
Greek: Athens, Gavrielides, 1997
Italian: Florence, Giuntina, 2005
French: Paris, Zulma, 2008; pback: Paris, Points, 2011: pback: Paris, Zulma, 2016 
Spanish: Barcelona, Blackie Books, 2016
"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.
Call for applications English speakers: Stay culture in Paris (deadline: June 12th, 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!
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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