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Musical Moment

Yehoshua Kenaz
Rites of manhood and the disruption of innocence are the prominent themes of the four stories in this collection. But the unabashedly romantic perspective is blended with realistic tones: at every point in the story Kenaz takes an anti-sentimental turn. In each story, the boys discover the magic of evil and the beauty of sin, leading to epiphanic moments of self-realization. The stories perceptively describe how children protect themselves from traumatic experiences.
Yehoshua Kenaz's single collection of stories confirms him as one of Hebrew literature's great living prose writers. 

Written with great sensuality and passion, these potent stories portray young misfits wandering through a nightmarish adult world. In seamless, rhythmic prose Israeli novelist Kenaz portrays the artists as young men coming of age against a subtly rendered political backdrop of pre-independence Israel.
Publishers Weekly

Throughout the text, Kenaz snaps with precision the instant-by-instant confrontations of life and its moments of releasing joy or love or beauty.
Kirkus Review

Kenaz recreates the mystery and complexity of childhood thoughts through a writing that is aware of the tiniest nuances of emotion but also of the beauty and rhythm of a story. The enchanted reader dives into the indescribable times of childhood, and discovers that he, too, went through the same things.
Le Nouveau Quotidien

Musical Moments
Title Musical Moment
Author’s Last Name Kenaz
Author's First Name Yehoshua
Language(s) English, French, Italian, Estonian
Genre stories & novellas
Publisher (Hebrew) Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1980
Year of Publication 2 (Hebrew) 1995
No. Pages 160 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Moment Musicali
Representation Represented by ITHL


English: Vermont, Steerforth, 1995
French: Arles, Actes Sud, 1995
Italian: Venice, Marsilio, 1998; Florence, Giuntina, 2010
Estonian: Tallinn, Loomingu Raamatokogu, 2008
"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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