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Haim Be’er
This first novel has come to be considered one of the most outstanding novels about Jerusalem. With its characters and episodes taken from the city's recent past, it is nevertheless more than a period piece. The story is told from the viewpoint of a naive boy growing up in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. The eccentric visionary Leader is only one of the portraits of bizarre characters which the city has always attracted. There are Esperantists, vegetarians, devotees of the Hapsburg Emperor Franz Josef, and many more. These portraits, both humorous and macabre, balance the pathetic ones. This mixture comes into its own in the boy's adult existence, when he emerges from the cocoon of his background and becomes a member of a military burial team during the 1973 Yom Kippur war. The obsession with death and the dead underlies the visionary flights of imagination which animate the religious and secular Jews of Jerusalem.    

Feathers was an instant bestseller and  received great critical acclaim. The literary scholar Dov Sadan compared Be'er's writing to Agnon's. The critic David Fishelov noted the author's architectural virtuosity, revealed in the gradual unfolding of the plot. Literary scholar Gershon Shaked stated: "The strength of the book lies in its depiction of Jerusalem…  Be’er has an eye for the comic, an ability to restrain pathos and introduce grotesque elements…This is an important landmark in Hebrew fiction."

Title Feathers
Author’s Last Name Be’er
Author's First Name Haim
Language(s) English, German, Dutch
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Am Oved
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1979
Publisher 2 (Hebrew) Am Oved/ Yedioth Ahronoth
Year of Publication 2 (Hebrew) 2010
No. Pages 247 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Notzot
Representation Represented by ITHL


Dutch: Amsterdam, Vasallucci, 2000
German: Munich, dtv, 2002
English: Hanover/London, Brandeis University Press/ University Press of New England, 2004

Russian: Moscow, Knizhniki, forthcoming

"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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