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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

English: Rochester, Open Letter, forthcoming 

French: Arles, Actes Sud, forthcoming

Italian: Milan, Mondadori, 2018

Russian: Moscow, Knizhniki, forthcoming

 

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

NEWS
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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Call for applications English speakers: Stay culture in Paris (deadline: June 12th, 2018)
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Congratulations to Sami Berdugo and Shoham Smith, recipients of the 2018 Bialik Prize, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in Israel!

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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!
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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, birkenhauer@013.net and Gadi Goldberg, gadi.goldberg@gmail.com
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Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

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