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The Sound of Our Steps

Ronit Matalon
"There were three of them in the shack: the older brother, the older sister and the little girl. The mother was not another person: she was the shack."

The Sound of Our Steps is the humorous yet heartbreaking story of a "headless family," written with razor-sharp insight but also great warmth and love. It is a book about home, not-home, and the longing for one. And the home in question is a government-owned tenement on the edge of a rich neighborhood; more precisely, it is a shack in this dilapidated immigrant housing project. Here, the mother Lisette and her three children eke out a miserable living, while the father, obsessed with fighting government discrimation against Mizrahi Jews, only visits from time to time. Set in Israel of the 1950s and 60s, it draws on the author`s memories, as child and as adult, and weaves a fascinating double vantage point.
A winning novel by this well-known author.

... reading Matalon is a pleasure. Like all good writers, she understands how to breathe life – in all its complexity, ambiguity and inner workings – into her characters. Her characters are unique human beings ... Attentive readers are always grateful to meet authors like Matalon, artists capable of portraying the human situation from many different points of view. Seek out this book.

Jewish Herald Voice

The experience of exile, which lies at the heart of this novel, is magnificently transcended. Matalon's writing is demanding, elegant, resolutely impure, entirely tuned in to the Hebrew of today... Tremendously sensitive and humorous, [yet] deeply melancholic, this is one of the great books about exile. 
Le Monde
After 40 pages, one is sucked into the folly of this family united by deprivation, isolation and the memories of another life… Magnificently translated by Rosie Pinhas-Delpuech. 
Amazing!... The power of this book lies both in its rendering of a suffocating family, and in its lyrical, inventive language. 

Matalon The Sound of Our Steps
Title The Sound of Our Steps
Author’s Last Name Matalon
Author's First Name Ronit
Language(s) English, French, Italian, Turkish
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Am Oved
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2008
No. Pages 424 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Kol Tzeʹadeinu
Representation Represented by ITHL


Italian: Rome, Atmosphere Libri, 2011
French: Paris, Stock, 2012
English: New York, Metropolitan, 2015
Turkish: Istanbul, Yapi Kredi,2018
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"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.
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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!
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