Israel Eliraz

Israel Eliraz (1936-2016) was born in Jerusalem. He received a BA in Hebrew literature and philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a degree in theater from the Sorbonne. Later, he co-founded the Kedem Teachers' College and was its director for many years. From 1963 to 1980, he published three novels, a book of short stories and a number of plays and opera librettos, which were staged both in Israel and abroad. Eliraz published his first book of poetry in 1980 under the pseudonym George Mathias Ibrahim. Since then, he published many poetry books in his own name, in French as well as Hebrew. Eliraz was awarded the ACUM Prize three times, the Ministry of Culture Award twice (1963; 1965), the Prime Minister's Prize twice (1994; 2009), the Natan Alterman Prize for Hölderlin (2002), the Bialik Prize (2008) and the Brenner Prize for In Praise of the Transitory Things (2013). He was also awarded an Honorary Citation by the French government. His poetry has been published abroad in 11 languages.

Books Published in Hebrew
Via Bethlehem [as: George Mathias Ibrahim], Sifriat Poalim, 1980 [Derech Beit Lehem]
Five Chapters, Poems , Dvir, 1981 [Chamisha Prakim, Shirim]
Things Within Things, Sifriat Poalim, 1982 [Davar Mi-Toch Davar] 
Open Mountain [as: George Mathias Ibrahim], Sifriat Poalim, 1984 [Har Patuach]
From Place to Place, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1984 [Mi-Makom Le-Makom]
In the Midst of the Garden, Sifriat Poalim, 1985 [Be-Toch Ha-Gan]
Walking, Sifriat Poalim, 1987 [Tiyul]
Hard Edge, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1989 [Katzeh Kasheh]
Middle: Selected Poems (1980-1990), Sifriat Poalim, 1990 [Emtza: Mivchar Shirim 1980-1990]
Local Affairs, Sifriat Poalim, 1991 [Inyanim Mekomiyim]
Torn Mouth, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1992 [Pe Karu'a]
To Build the Traveling Room, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1995 [Livnot Et Ha-Cheder Ha-Nose'a]
Slow Fire, Tag/ Helicon, 1997 [Esh Itit]
Tabor, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1999 [Tavor]
Clemente's Miniiatures and Other Poems, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2001 [Miniaturot Clemente Ve-Shirim Acherim]
Hölderlin, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2002 [Helderlin]
Land Survey Report, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2005 [Du'ach Moded Ha-Karka'ot] 
How to Enter a Room You've Never Left, Even Hoshen, 2005 [Eych Lehikanes El Cheder Mimeno Lo Yatzata Me-Olam]
At the Door, Beyond the Summer, Hakibbutz Hameurchad, 2006 [Lifnei Ha-Delet, Me-Ever La-Kayitz]
Dinner with Spinoza and Friends, Even Hoshen, ‏2006 [Aruchat Erev im Spinoza Ve-Chaverav]
Winter Notebooks
, Cermel, 2007 [Machberot Choref]
The Unbelievable Is Just Here
, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2007 [Ha-Lo Ye'amen Pashut Yeshno]
Red Dor, Keshev, 2009 [Delet Aduma]
Urgent Matters: Poems (1980-2010), Hakibbutz hameuchad, 2010 [Dvarim Dchufim: Mivchar Shirim 1980-2010]
In Praise of the Transitory Things, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2010 [Be-Shevach Ha-Dvarim Ha-Cholfim]
Next to the Water; Pears, Keshev, 2011 [Le-Yad Ha-Mayim; Agasim]
Is It Becoming Brighter, Bialik Institute, 2011 [Ha-Im Tzfuya Hitbaharut]
Celebrations, Keshev, 2012 [Hilulot]
Look: Poetry Looking at Paitings: Following J. Borkovsky's Paintings, Keshev, 2012 [Habet: Shira Mabita Be-Tziyur: Be-Ikvot Tziyurav Shel Yehoshua (Shuky) Borkovsky]
How Much Time Is Left Is Not a Question but a Door, Modan/ Helicon, 2013 [Kama Zman Od Nish'ar Einena She'ela Ela Delet]
Pinchik, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2013 [Pinchik]
Else, Afik, 2014 [Else]
Pears and other things, Carmel, 2014 [Agasim Ve-Od Dvarim]
On the Knees of My Father, Afik, 2015 [Ma Haya AcharKach? Kama Zman Zeh AcharKach?] 
Burning Pears, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2016 [Ish Yoshev U-Mabit Ba-Agasim Ha-Bo'arim Be-Emtza Ha-Layla] 

Tin Swings (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1963 [Nadnedot Pach]
Last Fowls (stories), Massada, 1964 [Ofot Achronim]
Three Plays, The Hebrew Writers Association/ Massada, 1966 [Shlosha Machazot]
Golden Summer (novel), Am Oved, 1967 [Kayitz Shel Zahav]
Round Trip (play), Eked, 1970 [Haloch Chazor]
Voyage (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1976 [Masa]
The Small Book: Plays and Librettos, Yachdav, 1983 [Ha-Sefer Ha-Katan: Machazot Ve-Libriyot] 

The Bear or Rebel and King [Haifa, 1968]
Far From the Sea - Far from the Summer [Tzavta, 1968]
Apples and Wine [Yuval, 1969]
Round Trip [1970, Habima]
Three Women in Yellow [Khan, 1973]
The Persian Protocols [Khan, 1973]
Wings [Haifa, 1979]
Before [Acco Festival, 1988]

PERFORMED OPERAS [music by Joseph Tal]
Ashmedai [Hamburg National Opera, 1971]
Massada 1967 [Israel Festival, 1973]
Else - Homage [Israeli Festival, 1974]
The Experience [Munich National Opera, 1975]
The Garden [Hamburg National Opera, 1988]
Joseph [The New Israeli Opera, 1993]

Books in Translation
Via Bethlehem
English: Marblehead, Mass., Micah, 1987

French: Paris, Le Nouveau Commerce, 1994

Torn Mouth
French: Draguignan, Unes, 1997

Miniatures Clemente
French: Draguignan, Unes, 1997
Italian: Milano, Spirali, 2007

French: Paris, La Seranne, 1998

Selected Poems
French (with Bernard Noel): Tel Aviv, Institut Francais, 1999 French: La Chapelle-Chause, Ed. Dana, 1998; 1999; Rennes, Ed. Apogee, 1999; Laon, Ed. la Porte, 1999, Chatelineau, Ed. Le Taillis Pre, 2000; 2002; 2004; 2006 Paris, Jose Corti, 2001; 2002; 2005

French: Mont-de Marsan, L'Atelier des Brisants, 2000

Hölderlin and Other Poems

Russian: Moscow, Argo-Risk, 2013  

The Saint
French: Laon, Ed. La Porte, 2000

How to Enter a Room You've Never Left
French: Paris, Jose Corti, 2003

Dinner with Spinoza and Friends
 French: Paris, Jose Corti, 2004

The Last Night (radio-drama)
English: Jerusalem, Kol Israel, 1982
French: Jerusalem, Kol Israel, 1982

Ashmedai (opera)
German: Tel Aviv, Israel Music Institute, 1971
English: Tel Aviv, Israel Music Institute, 1971

Israel Eliraz