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Aharon Shabtai

Aharon Shabtai, a poet and translator of Greek drama into Hebrew, was born in 1939 in Tel Aviv. He spent his childhood on Kibbutz Merhavia. After his military service, he studied Greek and philosophy and graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He continued his studies at the Sorbonne in Paris and at Cambridge University. His doctoral dissertation, on Aeschylus, was researched at the Sorbonne and defended at the Hebrew University in 1979. From 1972 to 1985, Shabtai taught Greek drama in the theater department of the Hebrew University. From 1990 to 2006 he was a lecturer on Greek literature in the poetics and comparative literature department of Tel Aviv University
Shabtai has received the Prime Minister’s Prize (1978), the Ministry of Education Award for Translation (1993), the Tchernichovsky Prize for Translation (1999), the Lea Goldberg Prize for his collection of poetry, Tanya (2009), and the Landau Award (2011).

Books Published in Hebrew
Teacher's Room, Achshav, 1966 [Chadar Ha-Morim]
Kibbutz, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1973 [Kibbutz]
Domestic Poem, Siman Kriah, 1976 [Ha-Poema Ha-Beitit]
Shit, Death, Achshav, 1979 [Chara, Mavet]
The Book of Nothing, Sifriat Poalim, 1981 [Sefer Ha-Klum]
Thread, Proza, 1981 [Chut]
The Donkey, Ekked, 1982 [He-Chamor]
The First Lecture, Achshav, 1985 [Ha-Hartza'ah Ha-Rishona]
Begin, Keter, 1986 [Begin]
Love, Am Oved, 1987 [Ahava] 
Domestic Poem (Domestic Poem; Shit, Death; The Donkey), Am Oved, 1990 [Ha-Po'ema Ha-Beitit]
Ziva, Zmora-Bitan, 1990 [Ziva]
Divorce, Bialik Institute, 1990 [Gerushin]
Metazivika, Zmora-Bitan, 1992 [Metazivika]
Heart, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1995 [Ha-Lev: Shloshim U-Shtayim Sonetot]
That Wonderful Month of May: Poems 1995-1996, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1997 [Be-Chodesh May Ha-Nifla: Shirim 1995-1996]
Politics, Even Hoshen, 1999 [Politika]
Our Land: Poems 1987-2002, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2002 [Artzenu: Shirim 1987-2002]
Sun Oh Sun, Xargol, 2005 [Shemesh Shemesh]
Tanya: Poems 2005-2008, Xargol/ Am Oved, 2008 [Tanya: Shirim 2005-2008]
Seven Poems, Xargol/ Am Oved, 2012 [Sheva Po'emot]

Greek Mythology, Mapa, 2000 [Ha-Mitologya Ha-Yevanit]

Books in Translation
The Domestic Poem
French: Montpellier, Editions de l`Eclat, 1987

First Lecture
French: Montpellier, Editions de l`Eclat, 1990

Love and Selected Poems
English: New York, Sheep Meadow, 1997; pback, 1999

Selected Poems
English (Love & Selected Poems): New York, Sheep Meadow, 1997; pback, 1999; 2011
English (J'Accuse): New York, New Directions, 2003
English (War & Love, Love & War): New York, New Directions, 2010

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