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Estelina, My Love [with Ruth Almog]

Esther Ettinger
Rosa Blumenthal, a librarian from Jerusalem, is recovering from minor plastic surgery intended to restore the delicate lines of her face. She has chosen to spend her convalescence at the Golden Lion, a family-run motel in the picturesque lakeside town of Kilchberg, not far from Zurich. How pleasant and tranquil this place is, thinks Rosa, sitting in the dining-room one morning. How can it be compared to the tumultuous, tense life in Israel, where a new storm may erupt at any moment? And yet, she asks herself, is this only an external appearance? Is evil lurking even in this spectacular landscape, just waiting to manifest itself? The serenity of this beautiful location is indeed about to be shattered. A mysterious murder is about to occur, followed by a set of puzzling incidents, throwing the lives of the motel owners, the guests, and others into turmoil. Several intriguing, colorful characters find themselves entangled in the police investigation: the elderly Ms Ulman, owner of the Golden Lion motel; her helpless son Hans, whose only wish is to escape the motel and his overbearing mother; Judith Sagiv, a musicologist who is on her way to a conference in Freiburg; the twin brothers, Basil and Endive, and their mother, Mimi Hemo-Abramowitz, a food critic who is about to reveal her secret book about erotic foods; Anthony McBain, a - retired police officer; an enigmatic, suspicious Russian man; and the owner of Stanislaus & Co. - a bookstore specializing in ancient books and historical documents.
The mysterious death is followed by a series of equally mysterious events: computer disks are stolen, files erased, identities exchanged, a road accident hospitalizes yet another guest. As the plot thickens, local police, assisted by a representative of Israeli police, as well as Rosa, the amateur detective and her collaborator McBain, follow the lead of an ancient manuscript, questioning the motives of each of the hotel`s guests. The novel reaches its unexpected conclusion when the true motive for the killing is discovered.

Title Estelina, My Love
Author’s Last Name Ettinger
Author's First Name Esther
Genre suspense
Publisher (Hebrew) Keter
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2002
No. Pages 327 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Estelina Ahuvati
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)
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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!
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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