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Yehuda Burla

Yehuda Burla (1886-1969), was born in Jerusalem, the descendant of a family of rabbis and scholars originally from Izmir, Turkey, that had settled in Eretz Israel some three centuries earlier. He studied in yeshivot and at the Jerusalem Teachers' Seminary. During World War I he served in the Turkish army as an interpreter. After the war he became director of Hebrew schools in Damascus, where he lived for five years. He later taught in Haifa and Tel Aviv. Burla's stories depict the environment, language, customs and thinking of Middle Eastern Sephardim. Burla served several terms as president of the Hebrew Writers Association and as chairman of the Bio-Bibliographical Foundation, Gnazim. He was awarded the Bialik Prize twice (1939; 1955), The Ussishkin Prize twice (1944; 1960), The Israel Prize (1961) and the Jerusalem Prize (1962).           

Books Published in Hebrew            
Among the Arab Tribes (story), Al Hasaf [anthology], 1918 [Bein Shivtei Arav]
Luna (story), Ha-Ezrach [periodical], 1919 [Luna] 
Without a Star (novella), Ha-Adama [periodical], 1920; The Writers association, 1926 [in: Luna; Among the Arab Tribes. See below]; Kupat Hasefer, 1927; Mitzpeh, 1937; Tarmil, 1981 [Bli Kochav]
Blessed by God (legend; youth), Kupat Hasefer, 1924; Yavneh, 1954 [in Enchanted Homeland: stories. See below] [Bruchei Elohim]
Luna; Among the Arab Tribes (stories), The Writers Association, 1926 [Luna; Bein Shivtei Arav]
Enchanted Homeland (story; youth), Kupat Hasefer, 1926; 1954 [in: Enchanted Homeland: Stories. See below] [Kismei Moledet]
His Hated Wife (novel), Mitzpeh, 1928 [Ishto Ha-Snua]              
In Darkness Striving (novella), Mitzpeh, 1929; Am Oved, 1951 [in:Innocence and Disobedience. See below]; [collected works] Davar-Massada, 1962 [Naftulei Adam]
Stories, Mitzpeh, 1929 [Sipurim]
Singer (novel), Mitzpeh, 1930; [collected works] (novel & stories) Davar-Massada, 1962 [Meranenet: Me-Chayei Ha-Yehudim Be-Damesek]   
Bat-Zion [4 vol.] (novel), Mitzpeh, 1930-1931 [Bat-Tzion]
Maccabee's Soul (play; youth), Kupat Hasefer, 1931 [Nefesh Makabi]
Birds' Revolution (legend; youth), Kupat Hasefer, 1933 [Ha-Mahapecha Ba-Of: Agada Alegorit]                      
Na'ama (novel), Mitzpeh, 1934 [Na'ama, O Ba-Nistar U-Va-Nigleh]
In Holyness or Love (novella & stories), Mitzpeh, 1935; Am Oved, 1949 [in Women. See below] [Bi-Kdusha, O Ahava]
The Story of Akavia (novel), Dvir, 1939; Bialik Institute, Dvir, 1947; Am Oved, 1957; [collected works] Davar-Massada, 1962; Am Oved, 1968 [Alilot Akavia]
City Tricks (story), Netzer, 1940; Am Oved, 1952 [in Without a Star; War Stories. See below] [Lahatei Kirya]            
Man (story), Gazit, 1943 [Adam]            
On the Horizon [vol. 1: Yearning; vol. 2-3: Struggle] (trilogy), Am Oved, 1943-1947 [Ba-Ofek: Kisufim; Ma'avak]. See: Yearrning, below            
At Dawn (stories; youth), Yavneh, 1946 [Im Shachar]            
Women (novellas & stories), Am Oved, 1949; [collected works] Davar-Massada, 1962 [Nashim]             
Innocence and Disobedience (Novella & stories), Am Oved, 1951 [Tom U-Mery: Sipurei Damesek]
His Hated Wife; Luna (novel & story), Am Oved, 1952; [collected works] Davar-Massada, 1962 [Ishto Ha-Snua; Luna]
Without a Star; War Stories (novella & stories), Am Oved, 1952; [collected works] Davar-Massada, 1962 [Bli Kochav; Sipurei-Milchma]
In the Circles of Love (stories), Am Oved, 1953 [Be-Ma'agalei Ahava]
Enchanted Homeland: stories (youth), Yavneh, 1954 [Kismei Moledet: Sipurim, Tziyurim Ve-Agadot]
The First Swallow (novel), Am Oved, 1954; [collected works] Davar-Massada, 1962 [Snunit Rishona]
Yearning (novel), Am Oved, 1955 [Kisufim]. See: On the Horizon, above            
Rabbi Yehudah Halevi 's Travels (novel), Am Oved, 1959 [Ele Masa'ei Rabbi Yehuda Halevi]
Rabbi Yehudah Halevi (biography), Massada, Maariv, 1960 [Rabi Yehuda Halevi: Tziyunim Mi-Ntiv Chayav, Heikef Shirato, Tamtzit Mishnato Ha-Filosofit U-Masa'o Le-Eretz Israel]
Sparkles (stories), Dvir, 1961 [Reshafim] 
Lord Among His People (novel), Davar-Massada, 1962 [Ba'al Be-Amav]
Collected Work [8 vols.], Davar-Massada, 1962 [Kitvei Yehuda Burla]            
Luna; Man: Two Special Love Stories, Tarmil, 1964 [Luna; Adam: Shnei Sipurei Ahava Meyuchadim]
The Kingdom of David (youth), [in Three stories, with Asher Barash & S. Yizhar] Yachdav, 1964; Tcherikover, 1978 [Malchut David]
Marching In
(stories), The Hebrew Writers Association, Massada, 1965 [Le-Kol Ha-Tze'ada]
In High Tide and in Low Tide (stories), M. Neumann, 1971 [Ba-Geut U-Va-Shefel]
Selected Stories, Yachdav, The Hebrew Writers Association, 1975 [Yalkut Sipurim]   

Books in Translation
Short Stories            
Arabic: Tel Aviv, Dar al-Nashr al-Arabi, 1965            

In Darkness Striving
Arabic: Tel Aviv, Sondok al-Ketab al-Arabi, 1955            
English: Jerusalem, Israel University Press, 1968            

The Adventures of Akaviah            
Russian: Jerusalem, Biblioteka Aliya, 1980            

Without a Star            
French: Tel Aviv, B. Nae, 1933
German: Berlin, Schocken Verlag, 1937
Yehuda Burla