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Hillside on Fire

Israel Hameiri
Yoav, a young insurance claims adjuster, comes to a remote village in the Galilee to investigate a fire that occurred there half a year before. It is not his first visit to the village, but last time he came for different reasons, and since then he has grown a beard and is unrecognizable. The investigation begins with trivialities but soon uncovers a passionate drama involving more and more of the villagers and the tangled relationships between them. The Arab laborers from the neighboring village also play a part, as do the soldiers at an army base on a nearby hill, and the town of Safed with its kabbalists and zealots. As the investigation progresses, surprising secrets expose the violence and sexuality seething under the pastoral surface.
On the day the fire broke out, several things were going on. Sima, who rents out discrete B&B rooms for couples only, was cheating on her husband—as usual—with Hassan the Arab foreman whose laborers work in the village. Aref, engaged to Hassan’s daughter, was having sex with Riki, a village girl, and Shira, Riki’s older sister, was with Yoav in one of Sima’s rooms. But right then, her soldier boyfriend Yoni comes home on leave after a traumatic military operation in the West Bank city of Jenin. He sees Shira leaving the room, comes face to face with Yoav, and his rifle fires a shot. What exactly happened here? Where has Shira disappeared to? And who started the fire?
A thriller of a novel, Hillside on Fire is built like a detective story and has a very Israeli flavor; untamed nature plays a decisive role, and serves as a metaphor for the impulses and passions of the human heart.


Hameiri creates an Israeli mythology that blends destruction and passion.
Yedioth Ahronoth

The best of all Hameiri’s work… Through a small place, he reflects on the whole of Israel.
Radio 103

A passionate, complex drama.
Kol Israel

Hameiri Hillside on Fire
Title Hillside on Fire
Author’s Last Name Hameiri
Author's First Name Israel
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Am Oved
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2012
No. Pages 268 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Esh Ba-Midron
Representation Represented by ITHL
"An original, extraordinary book" The Brenner prize committee
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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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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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