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Gabriel Bensimhon

Gabriel Bensimhon was born in Sefrou, Morocco, in 1938, and came to Israel with his family at age 10. An author and filmmaker, he studied literature and Biblical studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and later at the Sorbonne, where he received a PhD in theater and film studies. Bensimhon taught at Tel Aviv University until 2006, in the departments of film/TV and theater arts. He has also been a visiting professor at UCLA, USC, NYU and Cornell University. He is now Professor Emeritus. Bensimhon has published plays, screenplays, poetry, short stories, novels and a book on the Fellini’s cinema. His play, A Moroccan King, produced by Israel’s Habima National Theater, won the Lieber Award for Classic Jewish Drama (1978). He has been awarded the Book Publishers Association's Gold Prize for A Girl in a Blue Shirt (2014) 

Gabriel Bensimhon

Books Published in Hebrew

Lakes of Silence and Sand (poetry), Machbarot Lesifrut, 1965 [Amot Sheket Ve-Chol]
A Moroccan King (play), Adi, 1980 [Melech Maroka'i: Drama Kabalit Be-Shalosh Ma'arachot]
The Road to Jerusalem: The Odyssey of the Illegal Ship "Yehuda Halevi"; Bouzmima (plays), Marion, 1988 [Ha-Derech Li-Yerushalayim: Ha-Masa Shel Oniyat Ha-Ma'apilim "Yehuda Halevi"; Bouzmima: Komedya Kabalit Be-Shalosh Ma'arachot]
We Were Like Them That Dream (screenplay), Marion, 1994 [Hayinu Ke-Cholmim]
1948 (play), Marion, 1994 [Elef Tsha Me'ot Arba'im U-Shmone]
Walking upon the Water (novel in stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Yedioth Ahronoth, 1997 [Ha-Mehalchim Al Ha-Mayim]
Maroccan Love Stories About Women and Other Fantasies (stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2002 [Holechet Im Kamon Chozeret Im Za'atar: Sipurei Ahava Maroka'im]
A Woman with Three Breasts: Women in the Cinema of Federico Fellini (non-fiction), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2004 [Isha Im Shlosha Shadayim: Ha-Nashim Ba-Kolno'a Shel Fellini]
Wedding at the Wailing Wall (play), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2007 [Chatuna Ba-Kotel]
The Garden of Moroccan Delights: Moroccan-Jewish Love Stories (stories & cooking), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2009 [Fantazya Maroka'it: Tavshilim Ve-Sipurim]
Absalom; Jerusalem My Sweetheart (plays), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2011 [Avshalom; Zion Chemdati]
A Girl in a Blue Shirt (novel) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2013 [Na'ara Be-Chultza Kchula]
The Last of the Moroccans (novel), Yedioth Ahronoth, 2016 [Ha-Maroka'i Ha-Acharon]
A Morroccan King [Habima, 1980]
Bouzmima [Lilah, 1984]
1948 [Tel Aviv University, 1998]

Books in Translation

A Moroccan King
English: Kindle book: Amazon Digital Services, 2012
French: Jerusalem, Département de la Jeunesse et du Hehaloutz, 1979; Kindle book: Amazon Digital Services, 2013

The Garden of Moroccan Delights: Moroccon-Jewish Love Stories
English: Kindle book: Amazon Digital Services, 2012
French: Kindle book: Amazon Digital Services, 2013

Walking upon the Water
English: Kindle book: Amazon Digital Services, 2012

A Woman with Three Breasts: Women in the Cinema of Federico Fellini
English: Kindle book: Amazon Digital Services, 2013
Italian: Kindle book: Amazon Digital Services, 2013
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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