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After the Holidays

Yehoshua Kenaz
After the Holidays is the story of a family in a small farming community in Palestine during the British Mandate. The village is set among fragrant orange groves and shady tree-lined streets where hypocrisy is traded as freely as gossip. The local population includes the pompous teacher who will never write his poem, the slow overseer who rapes a Bedouin child as an expression of his own powerlessness, and the members of the Weiss family, the main characters in the book, bizarre people who feed off each other's psychopathology. The tale depicts the gradual disintegration of the entire family, and comes to a head when one of the daughters, Batsheva, takes a young Arab worker as her lover. 

Its oblique, dark humor turns tragedy into absurd comedy, milk and honey into acid and vinegar.
The New York Times

Despite the atmosphere of despair, this novel is nonetheless oddly compelling.
Publishers Weekly

Without pompousness, without flowery expressions, Kenaz offers a sensitive and thought-provoking gift...This is a story well told.
West Coast Review of Books

After the Holidays
Title After the Holidays
Author’s Last Name Kenaz
Author's First Name Yehoshua
Language(s) English, German, Chinese
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Am Oved
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1964; 1987; 2005; jubilee ed. 2014
No. Pages 187 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Acharei Ha-Chagim
Representation Represented by ITHL


English: New York, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1987
German: Frankfurt, Suhrkamp, 1998
Chinese: Nanchang, Baihuazhou, 2000
"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)
Details in the attached link
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,
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

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