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The Bluest Eyes

Mira Magen
Hannah Yonah, an eccentric widow of 77 with flashing blue eyes, lives in an old two-storey house in Jerusalem that a wealthy real-estate shark is plotting to buy from her. Hannah’s three daughters, all unmarried career women, live in separate apartments in the same building. Yardena, a single mother, is in the hotel business; Simona is a doctor and Orna is in high-tech. There is also Johanna, Hannah’s caregiver, a migrant worker from Romania. She is afraid that Hannah’s secret double life will be discovered, for in the daytime she pretends to be a cripple in a wheelchair, but at night she dons high heels, goes out to bars with men and comes home drunk. Her desire for life and love, and her attempt to outwit the tyranny of time is shared by her daughters, and each one copes differently.
Into this world comes a young man called Rafi. He rents an apartment on the ground floor, pretending to be a poet, and succeeds in charming Hannah. But the truth is that he is a conman, part of the plot to get Hannah to sell her house for which he has been promised a large sum of money. But as in Magen’s previous novels, good fortune shines upon the characters, even the flawed ones. Rafi needs money to support his sister and her disabled child. Hanna finds true love and a real friend in Bruno, a gentle old man without family who comes to live with her, and Orna, who missed out on happiness when she was married, decides to have a child.

This book should be read in the way you drink a fine wine: Pour it slowly, take small sips, roll it gently around your tongue.
Makor Rishon

I read the book with great excitement…The story rolls into deep, almost philosophical questions that arise at the end.
Kol Israel

Why is this novel a best-seller? First and foremost, because it is about little dreams of little people and their struggles with life’s afflictions...What Magen offers them is a feasible happiness, taken from real life and not from fairy tales. With their abundant humanity, her heroes forgive one another...and  that forgiveness seeps into the heart of the reader, planting a cautious optimism.

Magen Bluest Eyes
Title The Bluest Eyes
Author’s Last Name Magen
Author's First Name Mira
Language(s) German
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Zmora-Bitan
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2012
No. Pages 270 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Eynayim Kchulot Miday
Representation Represented by ITHL


German: Munich, dtv, 2017
"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)
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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,
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