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Sami Berdugo

Sami Berdugo was born in 1970. He studied comparative literature and history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. At present, he teaches creative writing at Tel Aviv University and Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. He also holds writing workshops for youth. Berdugo has published novels, short stories and novellas. In 1998, he won the Haaretz Short Story Competition. He has also been awarded the Yaakov Shabtai Prize (2002), the Peter Schweifert Prize (2003), the Bernstein Prize (2003), the Prime Minister's Prize (2005), the Neuman Prize (2007) and the Isaac Leib and Rachel Goldberg Prize for his novel That Is to Say (2010). His novel, An Ongoing Tale on Landwas shortlisted for the Sapir Prize (2015) and won the Kugel Prize (2016), and his last novel, Because Guy [Parce que Guy], is shortlisted for the 2017 Sapir Prize. Berdugo is the first Israeli to be awarded a Sanskriti Foundation Residency (New Delhi, 2007). He is the winner of the 2020 Brenner Prize.

For literature such as this, frequencies have to be reset.


A challenge to Israelis’ concept of time and logic…language that succeeds in reviving dimensions that had been lost to Hebrew.

Israel Hayom

Shows a new level of Berdugo’s ability to leverage the Hebrew language in a sophisticated and original manner. A daring, but also credible, adventure.

A. B. Yehoshua

This book is another brick in Sami Bardugo’s very significant literary project, one of clarifying issues of alienation and belonging in Hebrew literature.

The Sapir Prize Jury

Sami Berdugo

Books Published in Hebrew

Black Girl (stories), Babel, 1999; Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2013 [Yalda Shchora]
And Say to the Wind (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2002 [Kacha Ani Medaberet Im Ha-Ruach]
Orphans (novellas) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2006 [Yetomim]
That Is to Say (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2010 [Ze Ha-Dvarim]
The Last Child of the Century (stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2011 [Ha-Yeled Ha-Acharon Shel Ha-Meʹa]
Land upon an Ongoing Tale (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2014 [Sipur Hoveh Al Pnei Ha-Eretz]
Because Guy [Parce que Guy] (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2017 [Ki Gi]
Donkey (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2019 [Chamor]

Books in Translation


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