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Aharon Megged

Aharon Megged was born in Wroclawek, Poland, in 1920 and came to pre-state Israel when he was six. He lived on a kibbutz for many years, working in agriculture and fishing. Later, he became a journalist and literary editor, served as cultural attache in London, and was writer-in-residence at Oxford and Haifa Universities. He served as president of the Israeli branch of PEN from 1980 to 1987, and has been a member of the Academy of the Hebrew Language since 1980. Megged has published over 40 books. Among his many literary awards: the Bialik Prize (1973), the Brenner Prize, the ACUM Prize (1990), the Newman Prize (1991), the Agnon Prize (1996), the WIZO Prize (France, 1998), the President`s Prize (2001), the Israel Prize for Literature (2003), the Koret Jewish Book Award (USA, 2004), and the Prime Minister`s Prize three times, most recently in 2007. He has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Bar-Ilan University (2008).

Aharon Megged

Books Published in Hebrew

Far Away in the Prairie (play), Sifriat Poalim, 1951 [Harhek Ba-Arava]
Spirit of the Seas (stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1950 [Ruah Yamim]
Hedva and I (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1953 [Hedva Va-Ani]
Israeli Folk (stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1955 [Israel Haverim]
I Like Mike (play), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1956 [I Like Mike]
Hanna Senesh (play), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1958; Or-Am, 1989 [Hanna Senesh]
Fortunes of a Fool (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1960 [Mikreh Ha-Ksil]
The Escape (novellas), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1962 [Ha-Brihah]
The Living on the Dead (novel) , Am Oved, 1965; Achuzat Bayit, 2006 (see: Three of Them, below) [Ha-Hay Al Ha-Met]
The High Season (play), Amikam, 1967 [Ha-Ona Ha-Boʹeret]
The Second Day (stories), Tarmil, 1967 [Ha-Yom Ha-Sheni]
The Short Life (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1972 [Ha-Hayim Ha-Ketzarim]
Evyatarʹs Notebooks (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1973; Achuzat Bayit, 2006 (see: Three of Them, below) [Mahbarot Evyatar]
Midday (stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1973 [Hatzot Ha-Yom]
Of Trees and Stones (novel), Am Oved, 1974; Achuzat Bayit, 2006 (see: Three of Them, below) [Al Etzim Va-Avanim]
The Bat (novel), Am Oved, 1975 [Ha-Atalef]
Heinz, His Son, and the Evil Spirit (novel), Am Oved, 1976 [Heinz U-Vno Ve-Haruah Ha-Raʹah]
Asahel (novel), Am Oved, 1978; New Ed. 2004 [Ashael]
Journey in the Month of Av (novel), Am Oved, 1980; New Ed. 2004; Yedioth Ahronoth, 2010 [Masah Be-Av]
The Flying Camel and the Golden Hump (novel) , Am Oved, 1982 [Ha-Gamal Ha-Meʹofef Ve-Dabeshet Ha-Zahav]
Indecent Act (novellas), Am Oved, 1986 [Maʹaseh Meguneh]
Foiglman (novel) , Am Oved, 1987 [Foiglman]
Genesis (play), Or-Am, 1989 [Bereshit]
Selected Stories, Zmora Bitan, 1989 [Mivhar Sipurim]
Anat’s Day of Illumination (novel) , Am Oved, 1992 [Yom Ha-Or Shel Anat]
Longing for Olga (novel) , Am Oved, 1994 [Gaʹaguim Le-Olga]
Iniquity (novel), Am Oved, 1996 [Avel]
Mandrakes from the Holy Land (novel) , Am Oved, 1998 [Dudaʹim Min Ha-Aretz Ha-Kedoshah]
Persephone Remembers (novel), Zmora Bitan, 2000 [Persefona Zocheret]
Till Evening Falls (novella) , Zmora-Bitan, 2001 [Ad Ha-Erev]
Yotam’s Vengeance (novella) , Zmora-Bitan, 2003 [Nikmat Yotam]
The Honeymoons of Professor Lunz (novella), Zmora-Bitan, 2005 [Yarchei Ha-Dvash Shel Professor Lunz]
Three of Them (novels), Achuzat Bait, 2006 [Shlosha Mihem]
Flies (novel) , Achuzat Bayit, 2008 [Zvuvim]
The Ten Days of Awe (novel), Xargol/ Am Oved, 2010 [Aseret Ha-Yamim Ha-Noraʹim]
Graves of Lust (novel), Xargol/ Am Oved. 2013 [Kivrot Ha-Taʹava]
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CHILDREN
To the Children in Yemen, New York-United Synagogues, 1946 [El Ha-Yeladim Be-Teiman]
Young Love, Dvir, 1979 [Ahavat Neurim]
Nadav and His Mother, Dvir, 1989 [Nadav Ve-Imo]
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NON-FICTION
The Story of the Selvino Children : Journey to the Promised Land , Am Oved, 1984 [Masah Ha-Yeladim La-Aretz Ha-Muvtahat]
The Turbulent Zone (essays), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1985 [Ezor Ha-Raʹash]
The Writing Desk (essays), Am Oved, 1989 [Shulhan Ha-Ketivah]
Land of Rocks (essays), Yad Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, 2011 [Eretz Avanim]
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PERFORMED PLAYS
Incubator on the Rocks [Ohel, 1950]
On the Road to Eilat [Far Away in the Prairie] [Habima, 1951; Notzer Theatre, 2011]
Hedva and I [Habima, 1954]
5:5 [Ohel, 1956]
I Like Mike [Habima, 1956]
Hanna Senesh [Habima, 1958]
Genesis (Habima, 1962)
The High Season (Habima, 1967)
To the Bird [Haifa Theatre, 1974]

Books in Translation

English: London, Jonathan Cape, 1970; New York, Viking, 1970;  New York, McCall, 1971; New York/ London, Toby Press, 2005
Romanian: Bucharest, Univers, 1972
Russian: Jerusalem, Aliya, 1977
German: Munich, Carl Hanser, 1991; pback: Munich, dtv, 1993
French: Geneva, Metropolis, 1994
English: New York/ London, Toby Press, 2007
German: Gerlingen, Bleicher, 1992
French: Geneva, Metropolis, 1997
English: London, The Toby Press, 2003
English: New York, Toby Press, 2005; Las Vegas, AmazonCrossings, forthcoming
French: Paris, Bibliophane/Daniel Radford, 2003

Fortunes of a Fool
English: New York, Random House, 1962; London, Gollancz, 1962

Asahel
English: New York, Taplinger, 1982

The Short Life
English: New York, Taplinger, 1980

Hedva and I
English: Jerusalem, World Zionist Organization, 1957; New York, Taplinger, 1980  
French: Jerusalem, Org. Sioniste Mondiale, 1962
Spanish: Buenos Aires, Candelabro, 1962
Russian: Tel Aviv, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1975; Hakibbutz Hameuchad/Aliya, 1980 

Of Trees and Stones
French: Paris, Phebus, 1996 

Heinz, His Son, and the Evil Spirit
German: Gerlingen, Bleicher, 1994

Shabbat
French: Geneve, Metropolis, 1998

The Story of the Selvino Children : Journey to the Promised Land
Italian: Milan, Mazzotta, 1997
English: London and Portland, Oregon, Vallentine Mitchell, 2002 

Hanna Senesh (play)
Spanish: Buenos Aires, Editorial Israel, 1961

The First Sin (Genesis; play)
English: Jerusalem, World Zionist Organization, 1974
Spanish: Jerusalem, Instituto Central de Relaciones Culturales Israel, Iberoamerica, Espana, Portugal, 1964

 

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