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Yaakov Shabtai

Yaakov Shabtai (1934-1981) was born in Tel Aviv. After his military service, he moved to a kibbutz and started to write. Ten years later, he returned to Tel Aviv with his family and devoted himself to his literary career. He wrote two novels, a book of short stories, a children`s book, two collections of plays and a collection of poems and ballads.
Shabtai holds a unique place in Hebrew literature. His novel, Past Continuous, is considered one of the high points of modern Hebrew fiction. It received the Kenneth B. Smilen Award for Literature and is included in "The 100 Greatest Works of Modern Jewish Literature" (2001). In 2007, Past Continuous topped the list of the most important as well as "best loved" books since the creation of the State of Israel.
Yaakov Shabtai was awarded the prestigious Agnon Prize posthumously. His work has been published abroad in 10 languages.

Yaakov Shabtai

Books Published in Hebrew

The Wondrous Journey of the Toad (children) , Sifriat Poalim, 1965; Zmora-Bitan, 1990 [Ha-Masa Ha-Mufla Shel Ha-Karpad]
Uncle Peretz Takes Off (stories) , Sifriat Poalim, 1972; extended ed. Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1985 [Ha-Dod Peretz Mamri]
Past Continuous (novel) , Siman Kriah/ University Publishing Projects, 1977; Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1985; 1994 [Zichron Dvarim]
Past Perfect (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1984; 2000 [Sof Davar]
The Spotted Tiger (play), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1985 [Namer Havarburot]
Songs and Ballads, Zmora-Bitan, 1992 [Shirei Ha-Zemer]
The Spotted Tiger and Other Plays, Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1995 [Namer Havarburot Va-Acherim]
Crowned Head and Other Plays, Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1995 [Keter Ba-Rosh Va-Acherim]
A Circus in Tel Aviv (stories) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2006 [Kirkas Be-Tel-Aviv]
The Wondrous Journey of the Toad [Kibbutz Ashdot Yaʹakov, 1964]
Crowned Head [Cameri, 1969]
The Journey to Drum Land [Khan, 1970]
La Mandragula [after Niccolo Machiavelli] [Haifa, 1971; Beit Lessin, 2011]
The Spotted Tiger [Haifa, 1974; Habima, 1985]
The Life of Caligula [Cameri, 1975]
The Chosen [after Aristophanes] [Haifa, 1976]
Don Juan and his Friend Shipel [Haifa, 1978]
Eating [Khan, 1979; Gesher, 1999]
The Story of Paradise [after Itzik Manger] [Cameri, 1981]
In the Seventh Heaven [after Arthur Schnitzler] [Acre Festival, 1992]

Books in Translation

German: Munich, Carl Hanser, 1998
Italian: Verona, Mondadori, 1999
Dutch: Amsterdam, Van Goor, 2000
Korean: Seoul, Dae San, 2001
Chinese: Taipei, Taiwan Interminds, 2003
English: New York/London, Overlook Duckworth, 2004; pback: 2007
French: Arles, Actes Sud, 1989
Italian: Rome, Theoria, 1993; pback: Milan, Feltrinelli, 1997; new ed. 2008
German: Frankfurt, Suhrkamp, 1997
Estonian: Tallinn, Loomingu Raamatukogu, 2007 
English: Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society, 1985; New York, Pantheon/Schocken, 1989; New York, Overlook Press, 2002; London, Duckworth, 2004
Spanish: Barcelona, Muchnik, 1988
German: Frankfurt, Devorah/Alibaba, 1990; pback: Frankfurt, Fischer, 1993
French: Arles, Actes Sud, 1992; pback: Babel, 2007
Dutch: Amsterdam, Arena, 1993
Italian: Rome, Theoria, 1994; pback: Milan, Feltrinelli, 1998; rev. ed.: Milan, Feltrinelli, 2006
Chinese: Guangzhou, Flower City, 1995
Portuguese: Rio de Janeiro, Imago, 1996
Turkish: Istanbul, Aylak Adam, forthcoming  
Dutch: Amsterdam, Vassallucci, 1997
English: New York, Viking, 1987
French: Arles, Actes Sud, 1992; pback: Babel, 2008
German: Frankfurt, Suhrkamp, 1997
Italian: Milan, Feltrinelli, 1998; Naples, l'ancora, 2010
Russian: Jerusalem/Moscow, Gesharim/ Mosti Kulturi, 2003

Crowned Head
Italian: Livorno, Belforte, 2010
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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.
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!
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