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Yosef Bar-Yosef

Yosef Bar-Yosef was born in Jerusalem in 1933 to an Orthodox family, seventh generation native to Eretz Israel. He studied Jewish philosophy, kabbala and English literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After working in the merchant navy and in construction, he later became a journalist and editor.
A well-known playwright, Bar-Yosef has written 14 plays, which have been performed in all Israel`s major theaters. Over the last 15 years, many of them have been produced in Russia: mainly Moscow and St Petersburg; also in the Ukraine, Latvia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, India, Brazil and the UK. Bar-Yosef has received, among other awards, the President`s Prize and the Israel Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Theater (2003).

Yosef Bar-Yosef

Books Published in Hebrew

Tura, Amikam, 1963 [Tura]
The Sheep, Anili, 1970 [Ha-Kivsa]
Hardheaded Folks, Siman Kriah/ University Publishing Projects, 1973; Am Oved, 1987 [Anashim Kashim]. See below.
The Orchard, Am Oved, 1985 [Ha-Pardes]. See below.
Four Plays: The Orchard; Butchie; Hardheaded Folks; Tura, Am Oved, 1986 [Anashim Kashim: Arbaʹa Machazot]. See below.
Winter Feast, Pan, 1992 [Chagigat Choref]
The Wide Winged-Sea; Elkaʹs Gold, Carmel, 1999 [Ze Ha-Yam Ha-Gadol; Ha-Zahav Shel Elka]. See below.
Hardheaded Folks [Difficult People]: Plays 1963-2010 (plays) , Dvir, Ben-Gurion University/ Heksherim, 2011 [Anashim Kashim: Machazot 1963-2010]
Salty Lips (stories), Ktavim, 1954 [Sfatayim Meluchot]
A Blaze in the Fire Zone (novel), Massada, 1956 [Dleika Be-Ezor Ha-Esh]
The Life and Death of Yonatan Argaman (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1959 [Chayav U-Moto Shel Yonatan Argaman]
Water Pits (stories), Alef, 1962 [Borot Ha-Mayim]
Not in this House (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2007 [Lo Ba-Bayit Ha-Zeh]
Who Gives a Damn about Dreams (novel) , Zmora-Bitan, 2009 [Le-Mi Ichpat Me-Chalomot]
Tamara (novel), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2010 [Tamara]
This Old Baldy on the Bicycle (autobiographical novel), Even Hoshen, 2015 [Ha-Zaken Ha-Zeh Ha-Keire'ach Al Ha-Ofanayim]
Father, son, grandma Dina (novellas) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad [Abba, Ben, Savta Dina: Triptichon]
Tura [Cameri, 1963]
The Sheep [Haifa, 1970]
Hardheaded Folks [Haifa, 1973; Rio de Janeiro, 1975; Habima, 1987; Sovremennik Theatre, Moscow, 1992]
Wedding [Habima, 1974]
A Walk with a Child [Haifa, 1975]
The Roof and the Balcony [Haifa, 1975]
Yasha Goren [Haifa & Cameri, 1978]
The Spot [Neve Tzedek, 1982]
Butchie [Haifa, 1984]
The Orchard [Habima, 1985; Gorky Theatre, Samara, 1993]
Elkaʹs Gold [Gold] [Habima, 1989; Moscow, 1999]
Winter Feast [Habima, 1992]
Father of the Groom [Cameri, 1997]
Cooper [Beit Lessin, 1998]
The Table [Tzavtaʹs Short Theatre Festival, 2001]
The Wide Winged-Sea [Kiev National Academic Theatre of Drama and Comedy, 2003; Cameri, 2007]
The "Nizkor" of the Mayor of Jerusalem [Khan, 2011]

Books in Translation

English: Tel Aviv, Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature, 1975
German: Munich, Stueckgut Theater, 1986
Hindi: Delhi, Parag Prakashan, 1984
Russian: Real Teatre, 1998

Elka's Gold
Russian: Real Teatre, 1998

The Orchard
Russian: Real Teatre, 1998

Selected Plays
Russian: Moscow, Text, 2001