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Eran Bar-Gil
The novel describes the lives of identical twins whose mother abandoned them immediately after their birth, when they were handed over for adoption to two different families. Each one grows up as an only child, unaware of the existence of his twin until fate brings them together. Danny, who grew up in Tel Aviv, displays musical talent from early on. His parents send him to study the violin and he later becomes a violinist in the philharmonic orchestra. He invests all his energy in improving his technique, but has difficulty expressing his emotional world. Yoni grows up in a small town close to a horse farm. In his free time he hones his riding skills as he prepares for the national horse races. Despite their different surroundings, the twins` personalities are very similar: they both practice hard in their chosen field, and aspire to technical perfection. One day, when 16-year-old Danny visits the horse farm with his violin, he meets Yoni on his horse. This encounter is the novel`s dramatic and emotional climax, but the twins decide to keep their discovery a secret.
The story is told in two voices and covers two periods of time: before the twins’ meeting and many years later. Danny leads the life of a single young man; he faces a defining moment when he is to appear for the first time as a soloist playing Beethoven`s Violin Concerto. A short time before his performance, his adoptive mother calls to tell him that his father has disappeared. Yoni`s story focuses on his adolescence and tells the tale of a gang of tough, problematic youngsters, one of whom is bent on taking revenge on another who is suspected of rape. Yoni later becomes a police dog trainer, and when Danny needs help, his twin sees him through. With his police dog, Yoni sets out to search for Danny`s lost father and finds him, confused and suffering from amnesia, in an abandoned building. Sprawled out next to him is a drug addict, and Yoni is astounded to recognize the addict, now a ruin, as a friend from his past.

Bar-Gil Horseshoe and Violin


German: Berlin, Rowohlt Berlin, 2008; pback: 2009; ebook: forthcoming
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:
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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