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Moshe Shamir

Moshe Shamir (1921-2004) was born in Safed, Israel, and spent most of his life in Tel Aviv. He was a novelist, journalist, playwright, children`s author, literary critic and political figure. In 1948, he founded the soldiers` weekly, Bamahaneh, and was its first editor. He was also a Member of Knesset-the Israeli Parliament–from 1977 to 1981. Shamir published over 50 books, including novels, books of short stories, plays, books of non-fiction, literary and political essays, biographies, poetry, and more. He was best known for his novels, historical as well as contemporary. Shamir was awarded the Bialik Prize (1955), the Israel Prize (1988) and the ACUM Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2002).

Moshe Shamir

Books Published in Hebrew

He Walked in the Fields (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1947; Am Oved, 1972; Am Oved, Yedioth Ahronoth, 2010 [Hu Halach Ba-Sadot]
Under the Sun (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1950; Am Oved, 1975 [Tahat Ha-Shemesh]
With His Own Hands (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1951; Am Oved, 1972 [Bemo Yadav: Pirkey Elik]
Women Wait Outside (stories), Sifriat Poalim, 1952 [Nashim Mehakot Ba-Hutz]
The King of Flesh and Blood (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1954; Maariv Laam, 1959; Am Oved, 1972 [Melech Basar Va-Dam]
The Hittite Must Die (novel), Davar, 1956; Sifriat Poalim, 1957; Am Oved, 1974 [Kivsat Ha-Rash]
The Threefold Cord (stories), Yalkut, 1956; Gadish, 1958; Sifriat Poalim, 1960 [Ha-Hut Ha-Meshulash]
That You Are Naked (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1959; Am Oved, 1988 [Ki Eirom Ata]
The Border (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1966; Zmora-Bitan, 1997 [Ha-Gvul]
From a Different Yard [Far from Pearls, part 1] (novel), Am Oved, 1973 [Yona Mi-Hatzer Zara]
Short Stories (stories), Tarmil, 1974 [Sipurim]
The Bridal Veil [Far from Pearls, part 2] (novel) , Am Oved, 1984 [Hinumat Ha-Kalah]
Playboys (novel), Am Oved, 1986 [Yaldei Ha-Shaʹashuim]
To the End [Far from Pearls, part 3] (novel), Am Oved, 1991 [Ad Ha-Sof]
Almost All of Moshe Shamirʹs Poems (poetry), Sifriat Poalim, 1991 [Kimʹat Kol Shirei Moshe Shamir]
And Even to See Stars (stories), Am-Oved, 1993 [Va-Afilu Lirʹot Kochavim]
Abraham in the Morning (story, essay, play), Even Hoshen, 1995 [Avraham Ba-Boker]
Yair (biographical novel), Zmora-Bitan, 2001 [Yair - Avraham Shtern: Hayav - Milhamto - Moto]
From the Mast Head (excerpt from unpublished novel), Even Hoshen, 2007 [Me-Rosh Ha-Toren]
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NON-FICTION
Breaking through to Jerusalem (non-fiction), IDF, 1948 [Portzei Derech Yerushalayim]
With a Quick Pen (non-fiction), Sifriat Poalim, 1960 [Be-Kulmos Mahir]
Following the Sinai Warriors (non-fiction), Ministry of Defense, 1966 [Be-Ikvot Lohamei Sinai: Anashim Ve-Nofim Be-Mivtza "Kadesh"]
No Miracle Has Happened to Us (non-fiction), Levin Epstein, 1968 [Nes Lo Kara Lanu]
My Life with Ishmael (political autobiographyl), Sifriat Maariv, 1968 [Hayai Im Ishmael]
Against the Mighty Battle (non-fiction), Shikmona, 1974 [El Mul Pnei Ha-Milhamah Ha-Hazakah]
Leaders and Judges (biblical history), Sifriat Maariv, 1976 [Manhigim Ve-Shoftim]
The United Kingdom (biblical history), Sifriat Maariv, 1976 [Ha-Mamlachah Ha-Meuhedet]
The Kings of Davidʹs House (biblical history), Sifriat Maariv, 1977 [Malchei Beit David]
The Kings of Israel (biblical history), Sifriat Maariv, 1978 [Malchei Israel]
Not Far from the Tree (biography), Dvir, 1983 [Lo Rehokim Min Ha-Etz]
Personal View: 35 Hebrew Modern Poets (essays), Am Oved, 1987 [Inyan Ishi: Im Shloshim Va-Hamisha Meshorerim]
The Crimson Cord (non-fiction), Dvir, 1987 [Hut Ha-Shani: Al Zionut Ve-Sotzializm]
Nathan Alterman, The Poet as a Leader (literary essays), Dvir, 1988 [Nathan Alterman, Ha-Meshorer Ke-manhig]
The Carriers of Continuity (non-fiction), Dvir, 1989 [Nosʹey Ha-Meshech]
The Pro and the Con (non-fiction), Dvir, 1989 [Ha-Beʹad Ve-Ha-Neged]
Report of a Debacle (non-fiction), Beit-El, 1991 [Protokol Shel Mapolet]
The Green Place (non-fiction), Dvir, 1991 [Ha-Makom Ha-Yarok: Bli Zionut Ze Lo Yelech]
Reuben Hecht, the Legend of a Life (biography), Hadar, 1994 [Reuven Hecht: Agadat Hayim]
A Searchlight to the Depth (non-fiction), Dvir, 1996 [Zarkor La-Omek: Zehutenu Ha-Yehudit - Moreshet Ve-Etgar]
Filling the Gap: Literary Essays, Bitzaron Books, Israel Matz Hebrew Classics, 1999 [Ha-Omdim Ba-Pirtza: Al Sifrut Ve-Sofrim]
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CHILDREN & YOUTH
Gadyʹs Big Friends (children), Sifriat Poalim, 1947 [Yedidav Ha-Gdolim Shel Gady]
On the Way to Eilat (youth), Sifriat Poalim, 1950 [Ad Eilat]
One Zero, Weʹre Winning (children), Twersky, 1951 [Ehad Efes Le-Tovatenu]
All Together (children), Sifriat Poalim, 1959 [Kulam Be-Yahad]
The Fifth Wheel (youth), Sifriat Poalim, 1961; Am Oved, 1990 [Ha-Galgal Ha-Hamishi]
With All His Heart (youth), Am Oved, 1976 [Bemo Libo: Pirkei Saba Lova]
Stories in Three Voices (children), Dvir, 1978 [Sipurim Bi-Shlosha Kolot]
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PLAYS
The 56th Kilometer, Sifriat Poalim, 1949 [Kilometer 56]
The House of Hillel, Twersky, 1951 [Beit Hillel]
The End of the World, Hamerkaz Letarbut Ulehinuch, 1954 [Sof Ha-Olam]
The War of the Sons of Light, Sifriat Poalim, 1955; Or-Am, 1989 [Milhemet Bney Or]
Legends of Lydda (story & play), Sifriat Poalim, 1958 [Me-Agadot Lod]
Five One Act Plays, Haerkaz Letarbut Ulehinuch, 1959 [Hamisha Maʹarachonim]
He Walked in the Fields, Or-Am, 1989 [Hu Halach Ba-Sadot]
Judith of the Lepers, Or-Am, 1989 [Yehudit Shel Ha-Metzoraʹim]
The Heir, Or-Am, 1989 [Ha-Yoresh]
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PERFORMED PLAYS
He Walked in the Fields [Cameri, 1948]
House of Hillel [Habima, 1950]
The End of the World [Ohel, 1954]
Stormy Night [Habima, 1954]
Legends of Lydda [Cameri, 1958]
A House in Good Condition [Zavit, 1962]
The Night for the Man [Haifa, 1962]
The Heir [Haifa, 1966]
A Carnaval in Venice [Acre Festival, 1989]

Books in Translation

The King of Flesh and Blood (novel)
English: New York, Vanguard Press, 1958
London, East and West Library, 1958
Spanish: Buenos Aires, Candelabra, 1957; Barcelona, Candelabro, 1958
Italian: Milan, Feltrinelli, 1959
Dutch: The Hague, Zuid-Holland, 1961 
Portuguese: Sao Paulo, Perspectiva, 1971

With His Own Hands (novel)
English: Tel Aviv, Israel Universities Press, 1970
Russian: Jerusalem, Aliya, 1979

David's Stranger or The Hittite Must Die (novel)
English: New York, Abelard-Schumann, 1965
New York, East & West Library, 1978 

He Walked Through the Fields (novel)
Russian: Jerusalem, Aliya, 1977

My Life With Ishmael (political autobiography)
English: London, Vallentine Mitchell, 1970 

The Fifth Wheel (youth)
English: London, Bodley Head, 1961; Berkeley, Benmir Books, 1986 
Italian: Florence, Vallechi, 1963
Dutch: Amsterdam, ABC-Boeken, 1964
German: Berlin, E. Klopp, 1964
Catalan: Barcelona, Minho, 1965 
 
Why Ziva Cried on the Feast of First Fruits (children)
English: New York/London, Abelard-Schumann, 1960

The War of the Sons of Light (play)
French: Paris, Caracteres, 1956

Taking the Mountains (play)
English: Jerusalem, Keren Hayesod, 1948

He Walked Through the Fields (play)
English: Jerusalem, World Zionist Organization, 1959
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