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Yoram Kaniuk

Yoram Kaniuk (1930-2013), one of Israel’s leading writers, was born in Tel Aviv. After being wounded in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, he moved to New York for 10 years. A novelist, painter and journalist, Kaniuk published many novels, memoirs, short stories, non-fiction and books for children and youth. He was awarded many literary prizes, including the Ze’ev Prize for Children’s literature (1980), the Brenner Prize (1987), the Prix des Droits de l’Homme (France, 1997), the President’s Prize (1998), the Bialik Prize (1999), the Prix Mediterranée Etranger (2000), the Book Publishers Association’s Gold Book Prizes for five of his books (2005; 2010), the Neuman Prize (2006) the Kugel Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2008), the France-Israel Foundation Award (2010), the prestigious Sapir Prize (2011) and the Italian WIZO Prize (2013). In 2011, Kaniuk received an Honorary Doctorate from Tel Aviv University, and, in 2012, the prestigious French decoration of Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. A feature film based on Adam Resurrected, directed by Paul Shrader, was released to critical acclaim in 2008. Kaniuk’s books have been published abroad in 22 languages.



Kaniuk must be considered one of the great writers of our time.

Le Monde


Of the novelists I have discovered in translation… the three for whom I have the greatest admiration are Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Peter Handke, and Yoram Kaniuk.

Susan Sontag


Clearly a writer of remarkable gifts.

New York Review of Book

Yoram Kaniuk

Books Published in Hebrew

The Acrophile (novel & stories) , Schocken, 1963 [Ha-Yored Lemala]
Himmo, King of Jerusalem (novel) , Am Oved, 1966, 2004 [Himmo Melech Yerushalayim]
Adam Resurrected (novel) , Amikam, 1969; Sifriat Poalim, 1981; Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Sifriat Poalim, 2002; Yedioth Ahronoth, 2005; 2010 [Adam Ben Kelev]
Death of a Donkey (stories) , Massada, 1973 [Mot Ha-Ayir]
Rockinghorse (novel) , Sifriat Poalim, 1973; Yedioth Ahronoth, 2011 [Susetz]
Soil and Desire (stories), Sifriat Poalim, 1975 [Afar U-Tshuka]
Aunt Shlomzion the Great (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1975 [Ha-Sipur Al Doda Shlomtzion Ha-Gdola]
A Night on the Beach with a Transistor Radio (novellas & stories) Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1979 [Layla Al Ha-Chof Im Tranzistor]
The Last Jew (novel) , Sifriat Poalim, 1981; new ed. Yedioth Ahronoth, 2009 [Ha-Yehudi Ha-Acharon]
Like Stories (stories), Kinneret, 1983 [Kmo Sipurim]
Confessions of a Good Arab (novel) , Kinneret, 1984; Yedioth Ahronoth, 2010 [Aravi Tov]
Four Stories and a Poem (stories & poem) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1985 [Arbaʹa Sipurim Ve-Shir]
Weekend Stories, Sifriat Maariv, 1986 [Sipurei Sof Shavua]
His Daughter (novel) , Sifriat Maariv, 1987; Yedioth Ahronoth, 2004 [Bito]
The Second Book of David (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1990 [Ahavat David]
Post Mortem (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Yedioth Ahronoth, 1992 [Post Mortem]
Magic on Lake Kinneret (novella) , Tag, 1994; Yedioth Ahronoth, 2008 [Kesem Al Yam Kinneret]
Tigerhill (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1995 [Tigerhill]
Another Love Story (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Yedioth Ahronoth, 1996 [Od Sipur Ahava]
Dead Flesh (novella), Tag, 1997 [Nevelot: Ha-Sipur Ha-Amiti] See: Vultures & Dead Flesh, below
Exodus - The Odyssey of a Commander (biographical novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Daniella De-Nur, 1999; Yedioth Ahronoth, 2013 [Exodus - Odysseia Shel Mefaked; Ha-Ish Ve-Ha-Exodus]
The Queen and I (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Sifriat Poalim, 2001 [Ha-Malka Va-Ani]
I Did It My Way [Life on Sandpaper] (novel) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2003 [Chayim Al Neyar Zechuchit]
The Last Berliner (travel) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2004 [Ha-Berlinaʹi Ha-Acharon]
Missing (novel) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2005 [Ha-Neʹederet Mi-Nachal Zin]
Vultures & Dead Flesh (novellas) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2006 [Eitim U-Nevelot]
Between Life and Death (autobiographical novel) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2007 [Al Ha-Chayim Ve-Al Ha-Mavet]
1948 (novel) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2010 [Tashach]
Commander of the Exodus (biographical novel), Daniella De-Nur, 2011 [Ha-Ish Ve-Ha-Exodus]. Ext. & rev. ed. of: Exodus - The Odyssey of a Commander, above
Almost [An Old Man] (novella) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2013 [Ba Ba-Yamim]
Pierre (novella) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2013 [Pierre]
Angels (essay) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2014 [Malʹachim]
Soap (novel) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2018 [Sabon]
From Metulla to New York (children), New York: Lador, 1963 [Mi-Metulla Li-New York]
The House Where the Cockroaches Live to a Ripe Old Age (children-picture bk) , Sifriat Poalim, 1979; Yedioth Ahronoth, 2005 [Ha-Bayit She-Bo Metim Ha-Jukim Be-Seiva Tova]
The Magnanimous Thief (youth) , Sifriat Poalim, 1980; Yedioth Ahronoth, 2004 [Ha-Ganav Ha-Nadiv]
Wasserman (youth) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1988 [Wasserman]
Yovi, Pebble and the Elephant (children) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1993 [Iyov, Chaluk-Nachal Ve-Ha-Pil]

Books in Translation

English: London, Chatto & Windus, 1961; New York, Atheneum, 1961
Italian: Milan, Longanesi, 1968
English: New York, Atheneum, 1969; London, Chatto & Windus. 1970 
French: Paris, Stock, 1971
Italian: Florence, Giuntina, 2018
English: London, Chatto & Windus 1969; New York, Atheneum, 1971; Harper & Row, 1978; New York, Grove/Atlantic, 2000; London, Atlantic Books, 2008
French: Paris, Stock, 1980; 2008
Danish: Copenhagen, Samlern, 1980
Swedish: Stockholm, Forum, 1980; pback: Stockholm, Manpocket, 2000
Portuguese: Rio de Janeiro, Francisco Alves, 1981; San Paolo, Globo, 2003
Norwegian: Oslo, Cappelens, 1982
Finnish: Helsinki, Wellen & Goos, 1982
German: Munich, Carl Hanser, 1989; pback: Munich, dtv, 1994; pback: Berlin, Ullstein/ List, 2006; 2009; Berlin, Aufbau, forthcoming 
Dutch: Amsterdam, Meulenhoff, 1995
Italian: Rome, Theoria, 1995; pback: Turin, Einaudi, 2001; Florence, Giuntina, 2018 
Spanish: Barcelona, Libros del Asteroide, 2007
Arabic: Haifa, Kul Shee, 2007
Chinese: Shanghai, Shanghai Translation, 2011
Turkish: Istanbul, Koton Kitap, 2014
Azeri: Baku, Alatoran, 2015
English: New York, Harper & Row. 1977
Swedish: Stockholm, Forum, 1980
German: Stuttgart, Klett-Cotta, 1984
English: New York, Harper & Row, 1978
French: Paris, Fayard, 1980
German: Frankfurt, Devorah/Alibaba, 1995
Chinese: Nanchang Bailiuazhou, 2000

The Beautiful Life of Clara Chiato & Other Stories
French: Paris, Stock, 1982

The Land of Two Promises, with Emil Habibi (non-fiction)
French: Arles, Actes Sud, 1996
German: Munich, Paul List, 1997
Portuguese: Rio de Janeiro, Imago, 1997
Greek: Athens, Gavrielides, 1998
Swedish: Stockholm, Forum, 1988
Danish: Copenhagen, Holkenfeldt, 1989
German: Frankfurt, Devorah, 1990; pback: Frankfurt, Insel, 1994; Berlin, Aufbau, forthcoming 
English: New York, Grove/ Atlantic, 2006
French: Paris, Fayard, 2009
Swedish: Stockholm, Forum, 1986
English: London, Peter Halban, 1987; New York, George Braziller, 1988; London, Paladin Grafton, 1988
German: Frankfurt, Alibaba, 1988
Danish: Copenhagen, Gyldendal, 1988
Serbo-Croatian: Belgrade, Decje Novine, 1988
Slovene: Murska Sobota, Pomurska Zalozba, 1988
Spanish: Barcelona, Versal, 1989
Catalan: Barcelona, Ediciones 62, 1989
Dutch: Amsterdam, Meulenhoff, 1991
French: Lille, Miroirs, 1992; pback: Paris, Stock, 1994 
Norwegian: Oslo, Cappelens, 1995
Italian: Rome, Theoria, 1997; Florence, Giuntina, 2012
Arabic: Damascus, Canaan, 2004
English: London, Peter Halban, 1988; New York, George Braziller, 1989; New York, Paladin, 1989
Swedish: Stockholm, Forum. 1989
Norwegian: Oslo, Aschehoug, 1996
Swedish: Stockholm, Forum, 1994
Italian: Rome, Theoria, 1994; pback: Turin, Einaudi, 2002
German: Munich, Paul List, 1996; 1999; pback: Munich, Econ & List, 1999
Dutch: Amsterdam, Meulenhoff, 1997
French: Paris, Fayard, 1997
French: Paris, Fayard, 1996
Norwegian: Oslo, Cappelens, 1997
German: Munich, Paul List, 1998; Munich, Econ & List, 1999
Italian: Turin, Einaudi, 1998
French: Paris, Fayard, 1998
German: Munchen, Paul List, 2001; pback: List Taschenbuch, 2003
German: Munich, Paul List, 1999; pback: 2001
French: Paris, Fayard, 2000
Dutch: Amsterdam, Meulenhoff, 2000
English: New York, Grove/Atlantic, 2000
Portuguese: Rio de Janeiro, Imago, 2000
Italian: Turin, Einaudi, 2001
Russian: Moscow, Text, 2011
German: Munich, Paul List, 2004; pback: 2005
German: Munich, List, 2005; pback: 2006
French: Paris, Fayard, 2005
English: Campaign, IL, Dalkey Archive, 2011
German: Munich, Paul List, 2002; Berlin, Aufbau, forthcoming 
French: Paris, Fayard, 2003
German: Berlin, Ullstein, 2007
Italian: Naples, l`ancora, 2008; pback: Naples, Cargo, 2010
German: Berlin, Ullstein, 2009
French: Paris, Fayard, 2011

English: New York, Restless Books, 2016
Italian: Florence, Giuntina, 2016

Arabic: Haifa, Kul-Shee, 2011
Italian: Florence, Giuntina, 2012
French: Paris, Fayard, 2012
Spanish: Barcelona, Asteroide, 2012
English: New York, NYRB Lit, 2012
German: Berlin, Aufbau, 2013; pb, 2018 
Greek: Athens, Polis, 2014
Azeri: Baku, Alatoran, forthcoming

Ukranian: Kiev, Dukh I Litera 

Italian: Florence, Giuntina, 2014
French: Paris, Fayard, 2016

Italian: Florence, Giuntina, 2017

Spanish; Buenos Aires, Leviathan, forthcoming 

German: Frankfurt, Alibaba, 1993
Italian: Verona, Mondadori, 1999
Chinese: Shanghai, Juvenile & Children Pub., 2000
English: Gurgaon, Scholastic India, 2001
Italian: Verona, Mondadori, 2002; Mondadori Scuola, 2005
Danish: Copenhagen, Gyldendal, 1988; 1993
German: Frankfurt , Alibaba, 1991; pback: Munich, dtv junior, 1995
French: Paris, Gallimard, 1994
Swedish: Stockholm, Forum, 1996
Norwegian: Oslo, Aschehoug, 1996
Italian: Verona, Mondadori, 1998; Milan, Salani, 2011
Greek: Athens, Psichogios, 2000
Serbian: Novi Sad, Ruzno Pace, 2008
Spanish: Mexico, Fondo de Cultura Economica, 2007; pback: 2011; 2016; Madrid, Siruela, 2008
Croatian: Zagreb, Sysprint, 2010
German: Frankfurt, Alibaba, 1994
Italian: Verona, Mondadori, 1998
Chinese: Shanghai, Juvenile & Children Pubs., 2000