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Sarah Blau

Sarah Blau was born in 1973 and raised in the ultra-Orthodox town of Bnei Brak, near Tel-Aviv. She holds a BA in history and psychology from Bar-Ilan University. Blau has edited and presented several TV programs dealing with contemporary views on religion and feminism in the Orthodox community, and writes reviews for the Hebrew press. She is also a playwright and an actress .Blau has taught at the Holocaust Studies Institute in Haifa, and In 1999, she began holding an alternative Holocaust memorial service which ignited great interest and controversy in Israel and abroad.

Blau's writing can be described as modern-Jewish-gothic, based on ancient Jewish myths, which she sets up for an ironical reexamination. In her debut novel, The Book of Creation, a lonely young woman creates her own man-shaped 'Golem' - a reincarnation of the one the Jews created in the Warsaw Ghetto; and in her one-woman show, Thy Shall Write, a heartbroken novelist is working on her great novel, a modern version of the biblical story of Yael and Sisera.

Blau, one of the most prominent new voices in young Orthodox literature in Israel, was awarded the Prime Minister's Prize (2015).  

Sarah Blau by Iris Nesher

Books Published in Hebrew

The Book of Creation (novel), Zmora-Bitan, 2007 [Yetzer Lev Ha-Adama]
Those Well-Raised Girls (novel) , Zmora-Bitan, 2012 [Neʹarot Le-Mofet]
Stake (novella), Zmora-Bitan, 2014 [Yated]
The Last One [The Short Theater Festival, Tzavta, 2003]
Thy Shall Write [The Center Stage Festival, 2014]

Books in Translation

"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".

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