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Yonat and Alexander Sened

Husband and wife, Yonat and Alexander Sened wrote their novels together. Alexander (1921-2004) was born in Poland, and came to pre-state Israel in 1935. After World War II, he was sent to Europe to organize the immigration of Jewish refugees. There he met Yonat (1926-2014), who was born in Częstochowa, Poland, and escaped from the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. A few days after they met, Yonat went to study at Geneva University. When Israel's War of Independence broke out, the couple came to Israel illegally, settling at Kibbutz Revivim in the Negev. Alexander later became chief editor of Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishing House; Yonat lectured on Hebrew literature at Ben Gurion University and translated French literature into Hebrew. They published 10 novels, some of which have been translated into English, French, Portuguese and Yiddish.
The Seneds received several literary awards, including the Prime Minister's Prize, the Brenner Prize twice (1965, 1982) and the Agnon Prize (1988).
Yonat and Alexander Sened

Books Published in Hebrew

Land Without Shade (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1951; 1966; Tarmil, 1985; Ariel, 2001 [Adama Le-Lo Tzel]
The Ninth Grade Class (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1954 [ Ha-Kita Ha-Chamishit]
Drafty Days (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1958 [Yameihem Ha-Prutzim La-Ruach]
Between the Dead and the Living (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1964 [Bein Ha-Metim U-Vein Ha-Hayim]
Another Attempt (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1968; Tarmil, 1971 [Ha-Nisayon Ha-Nosaf]
Tandu (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1973 [Tandu]
Ahither and Whence (selected works), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1974 [Leʹan U-Meʹayin]
The Land Inhabited (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1981 [Kvar Eretz Noshevet]
Weʹll Call Him Leon (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1985 [Nikrah Lo Leon]
Oasis (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, Keter, 1988 [Oasis]
Diary of a Couple in Love (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1992 [Yoman Shel Zug Meʹohav]
In the Desert a Lodging Place (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1998 [Ba-Midbar Melon Orhim]
On Chestnuts, Peacocks and Tokens from Heaven (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2004 [Al Armonim, Tavasim U-Ptakim Mi-Shamayim]
Kazik [Yonat Sened] (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2008 [Kazik]

Books in Translation

Another Attempt
English: Tel Aviv, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1981

Land Without Shade
Yiddish: Tel Aviv, Sifriat Poalim, 1953
Portuguese: Rio de Janeiro, Beit Anielewitch, 1956

The Land Inhabited
French: Paris, L`Harmattan, 2003

English translations available (for publishers only):
Between the Dead and the Living
The Land Inhabited

Congratulations to Zeruya Shalev and Shifra Horn for receiving the 2017 Adei Wizo Prize.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award! The books on the longlist are selected by 400 libraries worldwide. Titles are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library.
The second edition of the Letters of Israel festival will take place in Paris from September 8 to 18, 2017
After the success of its first edition, the Lettres d'Israël festival is gaining momentum, with an enriched program: meetings, conversations, readings , Theater, major authors and discoveries. Zeruya Shalev, Orly Castel-bloom, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Iris Argaman, and many more will participate. Click here for the full program:
Call for application: Artists in Residence Programme in Austria. Please note the deadline: September 18th, 2017.
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies to visual artists / art photographers / composers / video and media artists / writers / literary translators and arts and cultural educators in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2018. For more details:
Yizhak Mayer: "Meet the Author" Event
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ITHL director on Grossman's win
"Grossman winning is not only his own achievement, but the achievement of the Hebrew literature as a whole", - Nilli Cohen on the first Hebrew author to receive Man Booker International Prize. Click here for the full article in Hebrew.
Chana Bloch dies at 77
Chana Bloch, a revered poet and translator from Hebrew and Yiddish, has sadly passed away earlier this month. Among her many remarkable achievements is the wonderful translation of a collection of poems by Dahlia Ravikovitch​ (W. W. Norton & Company). Chana will be greatly missed.
Yitzchak Mayer's personal website goes live
English edition of Yitzchak Mayer's amazing "Silent Letter" is about to come out with Mosaic Press. Learn more about the author's incredible life story on his brand new website.
Dayan on feminism and writing
Following the release of "Transitions" in English, Yael Dayan talks to Lilith Magazine about her past aspirations and present pursuits. Click here to read the full interview.
Gundar-Goshen's Op-Ed for Time
To mark the US publication of "Waking Lions" Ayelet Gundar-Goshen talks about the refugee crisis, internal walls and people behind them in the op-ed for Time. Click here to read the article.
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