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The Zionist Comedy

Klil Zisapel
A young Tel Aviv woman tells the story of her life so far: first as an infant and as a schoolgirl, lazy but obedient; then as a teenager, a little wayward and rebellious but still compliant; later as a sensuous young woman, taking her fill of life’s pleasures until her military service intervenes, a bit inconvenient. But the two-year stint passes quickly and she is again as free as a bird, lusting and lusted after, winging her way to foreign lands. But now, issues that she had only glimpsed from the protective environment of home loom large, and force her to think. She does not like what she sees; she is obliged to react.
This is a very contemporary Israeli story. Its protagonists are the children of salt-of-the-earth parents, they themselves the second generation of this Israeli nobility, a whole generation that demanded peace but must go to war. The narrator-heroine, Klil Zisapel’s alter ego, is part of this generation. But as these youngsters come of age, awareness strikes and they become critical of the political, social and moral deterioration of Israel between the Oslo Agreements of 1994 and the Second Lebanon War of 2006.
Zisappel has chosen to express her anger and frustration in a unique and audacious literary manner. She draws her inspiration from Dante’s Divine Comedy, but even more from the Bible, using its linguistic tools, its rhetoric and its patterns in order to weave her own secular work of art. The result is a subversive and insolent text that both wails and laughs, forgives and fulminates over our agonizing situation here and now.

An impressive new book… Intriguing, entertaining and sad. Zisapel’s linguistic prowess, [its] biblical phrasing, is simply breathtaking.
A remarkable literary feat… Zisapel’s readiness to confront the society she grew up in…evokes admiration.
Yedioth Ahronoth

A must read for all lovers of Hebrew.

Zisapel The Zionist Comedy
Title The Zionist Comedy
Author’s Last Name Zisapel
Author's First Name Klil
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Am Oved
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2012
No. Pages 157 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-Komedya Ha-Tziyonit: Ha-Tofet
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.
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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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