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And Then We Were Alone

Alon Altaras
And Then We Were Alone is a continuation of Altaras’s first novel Maricika’s Revenge, but it also stands on its own. It begins with the sudden death of Maricika, the author’s much-loved mother, and maps the lives of her husband and her son who have been “left alone,” showing how they cope. The narrator’s father is a hard man, egocentric, callous and dependent, who came to Israel from Romania the early 1950s. He never learned Hebrew but has nevertheless managed well. Soon after his wife’s death he finds a widow who speaks his language and moves in with her.
A gaping chasm separates him from his Tel Aviv-born son, who seeks out various father-figures, and they shape his spiritual world and wield considerable influence over his life. From the point of view of the narrator-son, he and his father are as far apart as Bucharest is from Tel Aviv, but it slowly dawns on the reader that the distance is not so great at all. The surprising similarities between the two lives—the son’s decision to leave Israel, to live and study in Italy, for example—shed new light on the course of events and add an ironic dimension as well as psychological complexity to the narrative. The son’s first—and unsuccessful—marriage reveals different aspects of his personality. Yet despite his negative attitude toward his father, he continues to fulfill his filial duties.
And Then We Were Alone is a mature work, lucid and meticulous.

This book works!... Pure realism with characters whose lives are shaped by compromise and unglamorous survival tactics.
Yedioth Ahronoth

Written with great sensitivity and astonishing skill, it truly endeared itself to me.
Kol Israel 2

I can say with certainty that everyone who liked Maricika’s Revenge will love this book as well.
IDF Radio

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Title And Then We Were Alone
Author’s Last Name Altaras
Author's First Name Alon
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2012
No. Pages 237 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Kshe-Nisharnu Levad
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
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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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