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The Double Head

Yair Lapid
In this book, the first of a series, Lapid`s protagonist, Josh Shirman, is almost 40 and overweight. But he`s a tough guy who despises cops on the take. He was dismissed from the police some years ago and now makes a living as a private detective. One day a good-looking woman comes to his home-cum-office, and asks him to tail her cheating husband. Josh takes the job and discovers that the husband plus another man are involved in a robbery from a diamond polishing firm. Josh does not find the husband`s lover, but in the course of his investigation he discovers a young girl lying unconscious in the street. It soon turns out that the girl, who is ultra-Orthodox, has been raped by unknown assailants. Josh takes her home while he considers the possibility of a connection between the rape and the robbery.
Thus begins a thrilling plot with numerous twists and turns, in which corrupt cops, cops who are friends, hookers, criminals, rabbis and yeshiva students are all involved. Josh has to act quickly because his fingerprints have been found at the scene of the robbery and the police believe he is involved in the crime. Along the road to clearing his name and solving the crime, he is beaten, shot, almost run down, and his apartment is broken into and trashed. He takes Relly, the ultra-Orthodox girl, to his sister`s home, but the criminals find her and murder his sister. Now nothing will stop Josh, and he enlists the aid of a few elderly journalists who provide him with useful information on the ultra-Orthodox community and its customs. Relly`s father, a rabbi who heads an important yeshiva, is exposed as a financial swindler, while Relly`s fiance turns out to be a hoodlum. It appears that the rabbi and a dirty cop planned to frame Josh for the robbery, but the missing piece of the puzzle is found at the end. Relly, with whom Josh has fallen in love, is also an accomplice and not the rabbi`s daughter at all.

Lapid has the gift of putting his pen where it hurts… The piquant aspect of this thriller is his sensitive, precise description of Tel Aviv... There are many hot pursuits, a little blood and lots of trouble for this funny detective who is immature but very clear-headed... Let us hope that Fayard will publish the sequel.
Le Monde 

Lapid, a TV host and the son of Shulamit Lapid, great author of detective novels, proves that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Nouvel Observateur

Yair Lapid reminds one of Raymond Chandler... Lapid conveys particularly well the ambiance of Bnei Brak (an Orthodox town)… I recommend it to you as vacation reading!

The Double Head
Title The Double Head
Author’s Last Name Lapid
Author's First Name Yair
Language(s) French, Greek
Genre suspense
Publisher (Hebrew) Zmora-Bitan
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1989
No. Pages 175 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-Rosh Ha-Kaful
Representation Represented by ITHL


French: Paris, Fayard, 2007
Greek: Athens, Polis, 2009

Russian: Moscow, Sindbad, forthcoming 

"An original, extraordinary book" The Brenner prize committee
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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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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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