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Ilana Hammerman

Ilana Hammerman was born in Haifa, Israel, in 1944 and now lives in Jerusalem. She studied French philology, French literature, English literature and history at the Sorbonne, and received an MA in comparative and French literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she later studied Arabic language and literature. She holds a PhD in linguistics and literary theory from Bielefeld University, Germany. Hammerman has taught literature, translation and editing at several academic institutions, including Bielefeld University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Free University of Berlin and Tel Aviv University. From 1985 to 2012 she was editor-in-chief at Am Oved Publishing House. At present she is the editor of a fiction series at Achuzat Bayit Publishing House.

Hammerman has published documentary books, literary studies and memoirs, as well as numerous essays and articles on literature and political issues. She is also a prominent translator from French, German, English and Spanish into Hebrew.

As a political activist, Hammerman has fought the occupation for decades, individually and as a board member of the human rights organization B’Tselem and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. In 2010, she founded a women's civil disobedience group.

Hammerman has been awarded the Ministry of Education Prize for Translation (1990), an Andersen Honor Citation for Translation (1994), the Tchernichovsky Translation Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2006) and the Yeshayahu Leibowitz Prize (2015) for her public activity against the occupation.


Books Published in Hebrew

Nazism as Reflected in Contemporary German Literature (non-fiction), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1984 [Ha-Natzism Bi-R'ee Ha-Sifrut Ha-Germanit: Masot Ve-Targumim]
Soldiers in the Land of Ishma'el: Stories and documents [with Rolly Rosen] (non-fiction), Am Oved, 1990 [Meshorerim Lo Yichtevu Shirim: Be-Madim Be-Eretz Israel: Sipurim U-Teudot]
Cancer Zone of No Return [with Jürgen Nieraad] (documentary), Am Oved, 2001; rev. ed.: Achuzat Bayit, 2017 [Be-Mazal Sartan: Masa Li-Vli Shuv]
From Beirut to Jenin 1982/2002 [with Irit Gal] (non-fictiom), Am Oved, 2002 [Mi-Beirut Le-Jenin: Milchemet Levanon 1982/2002]
In Foreign Parts: Trafficking Women in Israel (non-fiction), Am Oved, 2004 [ Bi-Mechozot Zarim: Sachar Be-Nashim Be-Israel]
A Woman on Her Own (memoir) , Achuzat Bayit, 2016 [Isha Levada]

Books in Translation

From Beirut to Jenin 1982/2002
French: Paris, 
La Fabrique, 2003

Cancer Zone of No Return
German: Berlin, Aufbau, 2005

Books Published in German

Formen des Erzählens in der Prosa der Gegenwart: am Beispiel von Philippe Sollers, Robert Pinget und Claude Simon, Stuttgart, Klett-Cotta, 1979

Congratulations to Barabara Harshav for the 2018 PEN Medal for Translation!
The prize is given to a translator whose career has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through the body of their work. Barbara Harshav has been translating works from French, German, Hebrew and Yiddish for over twenty years and has currently published over forty books of translation. Among the many Hebrew authors she has translated: Yoram Kaniuk, Agnon, Yehudit Hendel, Yehuda Amichai and many more.
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!
Congratulations to Ronit Matalon, the recipient of the 2017 Brenner prize for her book 'And the Bride Closed the Door". And, congratulations to Amir ziv, the recipent of the first ever Brenner prize for debut novels.
Ronit Matalon's book tells the story of Margie, a young bride, who shuts herself up in her mother's bedroom and declares that she won’t get married. Her family gathers at the locked door, not knowing what to do. Amir Ziv tells a story that begins as an apparently routine correspondence between a prying citizen, secretly in love with his neighbor, and a conscientious municipal clerk, and developes into an uncovering of a great underlying drama.
The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop April 29 to May 5, 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: Sunday, April 29, 2018 until Saturday, May 5, 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".

Congratulations to Zeruya Shalev and Shifra Horn for receiving the 2017 Adei Wizo Prize.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award! The books on the longlist are selected by 400 libraries worldwide. Titles are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library.
Yitzchak Mayer's personal website goes live
English edition of Yitzchak Mayer's amazing "Silent Letter" is about to come out with Mosaic Press. Learn more about the author's incredible life story on his brand new website.
MHL - New webzine starting soon!