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Life in Fifty Minutes

Benny Barbash
When it comes to humor there aren’t many Israeli writers who can compete with Benny Barbash, and his new book is further proof of it.
Zahava, married with two grown children, finds a blonde hair on her husband Dov’s undershirt. She suspects that he has a mistress and starts to investigate. Married for over 30 years, she has long lost interest in the man who snores next to her at night. Gone is the attractive guy for whose sake she became religiously observant and gave up everything. Now, he has left religion, lost his looks and developed irritating habits, and she is just a bored, frustrated housewife. So she feels compelled to expose her husband’s treachery.
The methods Zahava uses to solve the mystery of the blonde hair and the mad scenarios that cross her fertile mind make for a hilarious plot. Odd clues bolster her suspicions and feed her obsession: a pistol that she didn’t know about, and a mysterious box in his desk. But despite all her efforts, she can’t open it, and even an expert from the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem finds it impossible.
To crack the secret of the box, readers have to get to the end of the novel, and on the way they will have a hilarious read.


In his prickly, irony-rich language, Barbash dismantles the ancient codes of marriage and takes us on a bitter yet semi-playful trip through realms where everything is imploding.

Yedioth Ahronoth


Barbash is a superb investigator … who tramps freely through the details as he devises an imaginary world … Life in Fifty Minutes ultimately allays all of the fears, every keyhole gets its key, every secret is unravelled. The power of Dov’s love for Zahava is moving. 

Israel Hayom


Read it! I’m sure it will become a movie very soon.

Channel 2 TV                                                                                                 


An engaging and excellent book that reads flowingly … The process that the readers undergo is riveting.



Fine writing … Mesmerizing and enriching.

People of the Book

Title Life in Fifty Minutes
Author’s Last Name Barbash
Author's First Name Benny
Language(s) Hebrew, French
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Yedioth Ahronot/ Ex Libris
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2014
No. Pages 270 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-Chayim Ba-Chamishim Dakot
Representation Represented by ITHL


French: Paris, Zulma, 2016
"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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