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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

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
Ambassador Yizhak Mayer, author of the moving book “Silent Letter” will hold a “meet the author” event in Netanya. For further info about the event: And for more details about the title click here:
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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