Home  \  Authors  \  Authors  \  Israel Hameiri  \ 


Israel Hameiri
Actors is a dramatic novel filled with intrigue and passion, set in Israel during the 1982 Lebanon War. A group of young actors gather in an abandoned building in Jaffa in order to produce an avant-garde play about World War II. The group are also engaged in a political struggle involving espionage and other underground activity, against Israel`s policy in Lebanon.
The hero, Benny Lahiani, is a failed actor who plays minor roles in the theater as well as in real life. Dominated by passivity, a hazy mind and a detached attitude, he allows himself to be carried along by events without trying to control either them or his own life. In this vein, Benny leaves his home in Galilee and moves to Jaffa, has an affair with Miki and plays various small parts in the play, without ever becoming involved. He does not inquire into the group`s political activities, and allows his co`actors to use him for their own purposes. However, their attitude towards Arabs—particularly the actor, Akram`as well as to Benny`s North African descent highlight the exploitation and blindness that dominate this novel. As events unfold, the real world and the stage become confused in the actors’ minds. And then, one day, they disappear, leaving Benny to fantasize about how he will play the major roles-in fact all the roles-at least until their return. At the novel`s surprising end, the actors` spying activities are exposed, but Benny`s unfocused mind still refuses to accept reality. Taking us from the breathtaking landscape of Galilee, through the hot dusty streets of Tel Aviv, to the narrow alleys of Jaffa, Benny`s narrative also portrays the bohemian lifestyle of the Jaffa commune and creates a fascinating world.

Title Actors
Author’s Last Name Hameiri
Author's First Name Israel
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Even Hoshen
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2006
No. Pages 207 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Sahkanim
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".

MHL - New webzine starting soon!