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Haim Gouri

Haim Gouri (1923-2018) was born in Tel Aviv. After World War II, he joined the elite Palmah unit and fought in Israel's 1948 War of Independence. He later studied literature and philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and French literature at the Sorbonne. He worked for many years as a journalist. Best known as a poet, Gouri has published some 30 books, among which collections of poetry as well as novels and books of essays. His poetry covers a broad range of subjects, some intensely personal, others reflecting his experiences during World War II and the War of Independence. Gouri is also a filmmaker of documentary films on the Holocaust, Jewish resistance and survivor's experiences in Israel, and in 1974, his film The 81st blow was nominated for the  Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. 

Gouri has received many awards, including the Ussishkin Prize (1961), the Sokolov Prize (1962), the Bialik Prize (1974), the Yitzhak Sadeh Prize (1980),

the Aigle d'Argent du Festival du Film Historique for his film The Last Sea (France, 1983), the Israel Prize for Poetry (1988), the Ka-Tzetnik Prize (1990), the Neuman Prize (1994), the Uri Zvi Grinberg Prize (1998), the Prime Minister's Prize (2004) and the Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres decoration (France, 2011). His poetry has been published in 25 languages.             

Books Published in Hebrew                    
Flowers of Fire (poetry), Sifriat Poalim, 1949; Tarshish, 1961; Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1973 [Pirchei-Esh]
Till Dawn (poetry & war diary), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1950; ext. ed. 2000 [Ad Alot Ha-Shachar]. Included in The Imprint of Memory, below 
Poems of the Seal (poetry), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1954 [Shirei Chotam]
Compass Rose (poetry), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1960 [Shoshanat Ruchot]
The Glass Cage: The Jerusalem Trial (non-fiction), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1962; 2001 [Mul Ta Ha-Zchuchit: Mishpat Yerushalayim]. Included in: The Imprint of Memory, below
The Chocolate Deal (novella), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1965; 1995 [Iskat Ha-Shokolad] 
Movement to Touch (poetry), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1968 [Tnua Le-Maga]
Pages of Jerusalem (notes), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1968 [Dapim Yerushalmiyim]. Included in: The Imprint of Memory, Below
The Crazy Book (novel), Am Oved, 1971 [Ha-Sefer Ha-Meshuga]
Gehazi Visions (poetry), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1974 [Mar'ot Gehazi]
The Eagle Line (poetry), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1975 [Ad Kav Ha-Nesher: 1949-1975]
Ayuma (poetry), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1979 [Ayuma]
The Interrogation: The Story of Reuel (novel), Am Oved, 1980 [Ha-Chakira: Sipur Reuel]
Who Knows Joseph G? (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1980 [Mi Makir Et Yosef G?]   
Summer's End (poetry), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1985 [Machbarot Elul]
Current Account (poetry), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1988 [Cheshbon Over: Mivchar Shirim 1945-1987]
Notes from the Tavern (notes), Zmora-Bitan, 1991 [Reshimot Mi-Beit Ha-Yayin]
The One Who Came After Me (poetry), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1994 [Ha-Ba Acharai]
Collected Poems [3 vols.], Bialik Institute, Hakibbutz Hameuchad 1998; 2011 [Ha-Shirim]
Late Poems, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2002 [Meucharim: Chamisha Sidrei Shira 1999-2002]
I Am a Civil War (poetry, prose, notes), Daniella  De-Nur, Bielik Institute, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2004 [Ani Milchemet Ezrachim]
On Poetry and Time [two vols.] (literary autobiography), Bialik Institut, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2008 [Im Ha-Shira Ve-Ha-Zman: Dapim Me-Otobiyografya Sifrutit]

Eyval (poetry), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2009 [Eyval]
85 Loves Poems, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Even Hoshen, 2010 [85 Shirei Ahavot]
In Lines Un-Scanned [two vols.] (novels & notes), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Bialik Institute, 2013 [Be-Shurot Arukot]

Though I Wished for More of More (poetry), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Daniella De-Nur, 2015 [Af She-Ratziti Od Ktzat Od]
The Imprint of Memory [two vols.] (non-fiction), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Bialik Institute, 2015 [Chotam Ha-Zikaron: Tachanot Ba-Avoda Itona'it 1950-2000]   
Books in Translation
Flowers of Fire, Years of Fire
Spanish: Granada, Universidad de Granada, 1990            
Russian: Jerusalem, Aliya, 1992 (poetry, prose, essays)                      

The Glass Cage            
French: Paris, Albin Michel, 1964; Paris, Tiresias, 1995            
The Chocolate Deal            
English: New York, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1968; Detroit, Wayne State University Press, 1999            
French: Paris, Denoel, 2002; 2008; Paris, 10/18, 2005             

Words in My Love-Sick Blood
English: Detroit, Wayne State University Press, 1996            

Haim Gouri