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Saving Neta

Eran Bar-Gil

Sheri, the wife of a fugitive criminal, is wondering if she should go to the police station and turn him over, to protect her adolescent daughters. Miri’s husband has fallen in love with a man and is leaving her, and she is preparing her kids for a portentous meeting where their father will reveal his secret. Sharon comes back to her parents’ home from New York, after years of estrangement, to attend the funeral of her brother. Shuli, suffering from terminal muscular dystrophy, takes leave of her family and the house she has lived in all her life. Mali has worked her heart out for her boss and just when she thinks he is trying to make a pass at her, he unexpectedly tells her that she’s fired. Leah wakes up in the hospital after being wounded in a terrorist attack, and although her husband and daughter were not harmed, she is appalled to discover that she has lost her right hand.

What do all of these women, who tell their stories in this novel, have in common? They all share once-in-a-lifetime situations that have shaped their destinies; they all do it with heart-breaking honesty, concealing nothing; and at the decisive moments of their lives, they all meet the mysterious hero of the novel, Neta Harlev, a sensitive young man who is in the throes of a mental crisis but still projects physical power. Through the stories of the women, the character of Neta is gradually uncovered and his secrets and passions are revealed. He is a man both material and spiritual, a man of death and life, and of destruction and creation. He will find redemption for his soul by means of art – sculpture in iron – and through meeting a beloved woman, also an artist, a kindred soul.

Saving Neta is a novel that describes unanticipated, life-changing moments and encounters. It touches upon the raw material of existence and observes how it becomes life, and how matter becomes a work of art.



A remarkable text … delicate, sensitive prose.

Ran Bin-Nun, Yedioth Ahronoth


Bar-Gil’s talent is expressed in idyllic descriptions of human work, a talent that was perceptible in his earlier works as well. Here, his skill finds expression in a joyful and therefore enjoyable fusion of plastic art … The monologues are written with delicacy and sensitivity. With the empathy that they display toward the various female characters, they add up to a way of looking at the world that may be called instinctive humanism. 

Arik Glasner, Maariv


Bar-Gil manages to avoid melodramatics, his analyses are sensitive and have a richness of description.  

Efrat Esquira, Haaretz



Title Saving Neta
Author’s Last Name Bar-Gil
Author's First Name Eran
Language(s) Hebrew
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Keter
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2017
No. Pages 227 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Lehatzil Et Neta (Barzel)
Representation Represented by ITHL
"An original, extraordinary book" The Brenner prize committee
Congratulations to Noga Albalach, winner of the 2018 Brenner prize for her book "The Old Man (Farewell)".
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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