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That Which I Thought Shadow Is the Real Body

Shimon Adaf
Shimon Adaf's image of a poet steeped in Western culture changed with this second book of poetry, where the center of gravity shifts to the local. The poet’s own life is more explicit, but it also undergoes a mythologizing process.
This collection has a complex, carefully planned structure through which Adaf engages in soul-searching and clarifies his complex attitude toward his childhood and adolescence, and towards his hometown Sderot, an outlying town in the Negev desert.

Adaf is the most interesting poet to have sprung up here in a long time.

Shimon Adaf’s poetry speaks lightly but with virtuosity, its language is complex but not forced, and wears its ornaments like a light and flowing garment... Beautiful, moving, and sounds like spoken music.

We are stunned by Adaf’s language: spoken, flexible, new, edgy Hebrew, laden with the sounds of biblical language, yet also Israeli… This is a wonderful poet.
Zman Tel Aviv

Title That Which I Thought Shadow Is the Real Body
Author’s Last Name Adaf
Author's First Name Shimon
Genre poetry
Publisher (Hebrew) Keter
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2002
No. Pages 76 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ma She-Chashavti Tzel Hu Ha-Guf Ha-Amiti
Representation Represented by ITHL


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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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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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