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A Time for Trimming

Haim Be’er
The grotesque and macabre world of a rabbinical burial unit in the Israeli army is the background of Haim Be’er's epic novel. Nahum Gevirtz is posted to rabbinical headquarters after being found medically unfit for combat. A complex relationship develops between the ambitious army rabbi and his sensitive, withdrawn subordinate. The action takes place between 1965 and 1967, years of messianic fervor and dreams of "the beginning of redemption." Gevirtz’s paramilitary instructor believes that his students will be charged by the nation with the mission of "liberating the Holy City from captivity."   

The Israeli Catch-22"… "a riveting book"… "a ruthless settling of accounts - these are just some of the phrases used by the critics to describe A Time for Trimming.

There has never been a book like this, there has never been an insider with the courage to probe this open wound and tell the story of Judaism's most malignant failure, the story of the total downfall of religion in its encounter with reality.
Columnist B. Michael

Talmudic tales and allusions add a sense of allegory and parody. The author's humor and irrepressible love of life enliven the dark voyage.
Author Sami Michael
A sophisticated and relevant book, rich in malice and meaning.
Haim Nagid

English translation available (for publishers only)

Title A Time for triiming
Author’s Last Name Be’er
Author's First Name Haim
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Am Oved
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1987; 2004
No. Pages 560 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Et Ha-Zamir
Representation Represented by ITHL
"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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