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The old Man (Farewell)

Noga Albalach

A daughter accompanies her father in the last months of his life. She watches as he becomes ever more confused, and wishes to preserve something of his personality, disappearing before her eyes. The more he forgets, she remembers; the further he drifts away, she senses a new closeness between them; and as her father's hold on life is loosened, its meaning is revealed to her.


In clear and lyrical prose Noga Albalach draws a portrait of her father, tells his life story and examines the relationship between them. She takes a deeper look at their family and the people who surround them, and the way those delicate relationships change as her father's illness progresses.  Through memories and tragic-comic everyday moments, poetic in a mundane way, Albalach pieces together a lively portrait of a brave and humble man and the painful process of watching him slowly disappear. His life, illness and death shed a new light on the daughter's life and bring new insights.

The Old Man/Farewell, a story about one man, is actually about every man, every parent and child, every family affected by the inevitable passing of time, by illness and death



This book is, to my mind, a masterpiece.

Author Dror Burstein, Mitahat Lashulhan Blog


It is difficult for me to express in words how much generosity and beauty and moral honesty there is in this book.

Author Orna Kazin


A beautiful and minimalist distillation of the existential absurdity of human life, which chokes the throat as it is read.

Yoana Gonen, Haaretz


If selection of the recipient of the Israel Prize for Literature were up to me, I would award it today to Noga Albalach. A rare literary gem. It is slender and unassuming, full of attention; free of embellishment, full of wonderful insights and compassion, and it is the gaze of a loving daughter at her father as he fades away. It is one of the loveliest and most lucid books I have ever read.

Journalist Yigal Sarna


Albalach paints a melancholy, moving picture of her father; as if she is seeking a quiet refuge from the surrounding noise in order to shape a memory that is all love. An Old Man: Farewell joins other masterpieces that depict a beloved person losing their memory. This is a wonderful book that amongst all the moments of sadness still speaks of optimism, love of humanity and love for the world.

Elad Zeret,  Yedioth Aharonoth


Decline is precisely what drives Albalach’s slender volume, the tunnel that leads to the light of earlier memories, by means of which she paints the portrait of the father with much love and with great appreciation for the way he chose to lead his life. The end does not fade, but rather intensifies everything that has happened before, emphasizing the quality of the father as a human being and as a parent.

Yael Naamani, Yedioth Aharonoth  



Title The Old Man (farewell)
Author’s Last Name Albalach
Author's First Name Noga
Language(s) Hebrew
Genre novellas & diaries
Publisher (Hebrew) Hakibbutz Hameuchad
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2018
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-ish Hazaken Preida
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,
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