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Michal Ben-Naftali

Michal Ben-Naftali was born in Tel Aviv in 1963. A writer, translator and editor, she studied history and philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and received her PhD in contemporary French philosophy from The University of Oxford. Having taught at several Israeli academic institutions, she now teaches French literature and creative writing at Tel Aviv University.
Ben-Naftali lived in Paris for several years; from 2006 till 2014 she was the editor of “The French” series for Hakibbutz Hameuchad publishing house, followed by a series on Hebrew aesthetics she is currently editing for Resling. She has published collections of essays, a novella, a memoir and a novel, as well as many articles on literature, philosophy and art, in Israel and abroad. Her translations from French to Hebrew include works by
Jacques Derrida, André Breton, Marina Tsvetaeva, Maurice Blanchot, Julia Kristeva, Esther Orner and Annie Ernaux. In 2008 Ben-Naftali received a scholarship for translators from the French Ministry of Culture, and in 2013 she was writer-in-residence at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. She has received the Prime Minister's Prize (2007) and the Haaretz prize for Best Literary Essay of the Year (2008). Her novel, The Teacher, won the 2016 Sapir Prize.






Books Published in Hebrew

Chronicle of Separation: On Deconstruction's Disillusioned Love (essays), Resling, 2000 [Chronika Shel Prida: Al Ahavata Ha-Nichzevet Shel Ha-Dekonstruktzya]
The Visitation of Hannah Arendt (essays), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, The Van Leer Institute, 2006 [Ha-Bikur Shel Hannah Arendt]
Childhood, a Book (novella), Resling, 2006 [Sefer, Yaldut]
On Retreat: Four Essays (essays), Resling, 2009 [Al Ha-Prishut: Arba Masot]
Spirit (memoir), Achuzat Bayit, 2012 [Ruach]
The Teacher (novel) , Keter, 2015 [Ha-Mora]

Books in Translation

French: Arles, Actes Sud, forthcoming

Italian: Milan, Mondadori, forthcoming

Chronicle of Separation: On Deconstruction's Disillusioned Love
English: New York, Fordham University Press, 2015  

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

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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.
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The second edition of the Letters of Israel festival will take place in Paris from September 8 to 18, 2017
After the success of its first edition, the Lettres d'Israël festival is gaining momentum, with an enriched program: meetings, conversations, readings , Theater, major authors and discoveries. Zeruya Shalev, Orly Castel-bloom, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Iris Argaman, and many more will participate. Click here for the full program:
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Call for application: Artists in Residence Programme in Austria. Please note the deadline: September 18th, 2017.
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies to visual artists / art photographers / composers / video and media artists / writers / literary translators and arts and cultural educators in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2018. For more details:
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Yizhak Mayer: "Meet the Author" Event
Ambassador Yizhak Mayer, author of the moving book “Silent Letter” will hold a “meet the author” event in Netanya. For further info about the event: http://www.netanyaaaci.org.il/WebPages/BoxOfficePages/lectures2.htm And for more details about the title click here: http://www.ithl.org.il/page_15644
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ITHL director on Grossman's win
"Grossman winning is not only his own achievement, but the achievement of the Hebrew literature as a whole", - Nilli Cohen on the first Hebrew author to receive Man Booker International Prize. Click here for the full article in Hebrew.
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Chana Bloch dies at 77
Chana Bloch, a revered poet and translator from Hebrew and Yiddish, has sadly passed away earlier this month. Among her many remarkable achievements is the wonderful translation of a collection of poems by Dahlia Ravikovitch​ (W. W. Norton & Company). Chana will be greatly missed.
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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.
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Dayan on feminism and writing
Following the release of "Transitions" in English, Yael Dayan talks to Lilith Magazine about her past aspirations and present pursuits. Click here to read the full interview.
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Gundar-Goshen's Op-Ed for Time
To mark the US publication of "Waking Lions" Ayelet Gundar-Goshen talks about the refugee crisis, internal walls and people behind them in the op-ed for Time. Click here to read the article.
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