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Ephraim Kishon

Ephraim Kishon (1924-2005), one of Israel's best-loved writers abroad, was born in Hungary. He studied sculpture and painting and later wrote for the Hungarian stage as well as publishing humorous essays. He immigrated to Israel in 1949 and started publishing in Hebrew two years later. The feature films, Sallah Shabati and Blaumilch Canal, which he wrote, directed and produced, were distributed worldwide. His play,The Marriage Contract, had one of the longest runs ever in Israeli theater, and his sketches and plays have been performed on stage as well as on TV in many countries. Kishon published 42 books for adults and eight children's books. His work has been published in almost 40 languages. Kishon was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz, First Class, Germany's highest award for literature (1990), the Bialik Prize (1998), the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2002) and the Publishers Association's Gold and Platinum Prizes for My Family Right or Wrong (2002; 2004).

Ephraim Kishon

Books Published in Hebrew

Immigrant Upon Us, Alexander, 1951 [Ha-Oleh Ha-Yored Le-Hayenu]
His Name Precedes Him, Twersky, 1953 [Shmo Holech Lefanav]
A Thousand and One Kids, Twersky, 1954 [Elef Gadyiah Ve-Gadyiah]
Ein-Kmunim (novel) Karmi/Naor, 1955 [Ein Kemunim]
Black on White, Twersky, 1956 [Shahor Al Gabei Lavan]
It Could Be Worse, Twersky, 1957 [Lo Norah]
It All Depends, Twersky, 1961 [Hacol Talui]
The Marriage Contract, Twersky, 1961 [Ha-Ketuba]
One of Those Yesterdays, Twersky, 1962 [Be-Ehad Ha-Emeshim]
He and She, Twersky, 1963 [Hu Ve-Hi]
Bending Over Backwards, Twersky, 1965 [Shminiot Ba-Avir]
Unplug It, the Water is Boiling, Twersky, 1965 [Totzi Et Ha-Shteker, Ha-Mayim Rotehim]
Short Pieces, Twersky, 1965 [Ma`arachonim]
A Pain in the Neck, Twersky, 1967 [Etzem Ba-Garon]
Oh, Literary Critics, Twersky, 1969 [Gozmim, Gozmim]
For It, The Defense Ministry, 1970 [Be`ad]
The Fox in the Chicken House (novel), Am Oved, 1972 [Ha-Shual Be-Lul Ha-Tarnegolot]
25 x Kishon, The Defense Ministry, 1973 [Kishon x 25]
This Is the Land (easy Hebrew), New York, Gesher, 1974 [Zohi Ha`aretz]
Hebrew With Kishon, New York, Gesher, 1975 [Ivrit Im Kishon]
So Sorry We Won, Maariv, 1967 [Sliha She-Nitzahnu]
Woe to the Victors, Maariv, 1969 [Oy La-Menatzhim]
A Hole in the Curtain, Maariv, 1973 [Hor Ba-Masach]
Oh, Oh, Juliet!, Maariv, 1974 [Ho,Ho Julia]
Half-Assed Forever, Maariv, 1974; new ed. as: Wonderland without Alice, Yedioth Ahronoth, 2004 [Partachia Ahuvati]
Six Comedies, Maariv, 1977 [Shesh Comediot]
A Smile in the Drought, Maariv, 1978 [Hiyuch Ba-Batzoret]
My Family Right or Wrong, Maariv, 1980; Yedioth Ahronoth, 2002; 2014 [Sefer Mishpachti]
Travel Log, Maariv, 1988; new ed. as: The Seasick Whale, Yedioth Ahronoth, 2003; 2014 [Sefer Ha-Masa'ot]
First Book of Satire, Maariv, 1989; new ed. as: Redihead in Key-Ring, Yedioth Ahronoth, 2002 [Sefer Ha-Satirot Ha-Rishon]
Second Book of Satire, Maariv, 1990 [Sefer Ha-Satirot Ha-Sheni]
Arbinkaʹs Story, Maariv, 1991; new ed. as: Arbinka, Yedioth Ahronoth, 2007 [Sipur Arbinka]
Third Book of Satire, Maariv, 1992 [Sefer Ha-Satirot Ha-Shelishi]
The Knitted Kippah, Bet-El, 1993 [Ha-Kippah Ha-Serugah]
Kishon: Biographic Dialogue [with Yaron London], Maariv, 1993; Keter, 2017 [Kishon Du-Siach Biographi; Kishon: Shmo Holech Lefanav]
58 Short Pieces by Ephraim Kishon, Maariv, 1995 [58 Ma`arachonim Shel Efraim Kishon]
The Bald Truth (novel) , Hed Artzi, 1998 [Saʹir, La-Azazel]
Stateʹs Witness (feuilletons), Hed Artzi, 1999 [Ed Ha-Medina]
Picassoʹs Sweet Revenge (non-fiction), Yedioth Ahronoth, 2004 [Nikmato Ha-Metuka Shel Picasso]
The Fatherhood Process of Joseph (play), Yedioth Ahronoth, 2005 [Mishpat Ha-Abahut Shel Ha-Nagar Yosef]
Kishon, Right or Wrong (stories), Yedioth Ahronoth, 2014 [Sefer Kishoni]
Uncles On Strings, Maariv, 1981 [Dodim Al Hutim]
Those Were Jonathan`s Travels, Maariv, 1981 [Ele Masaot Yonatan]
Striped Chewing Gum, Maariv, 1981; Modan/Arieh Nir, 1995 [Mastik Im Pasim]
We Won the Trophy, Maariv, 1981; Modan/Arieh Nir, 1995 [Ha-Gavia Hu Shelanu]
The Unfinished Adventure, Maariv, 1981; Modan/Arieh Nir, 1995 [Ha-Harpatkah Ha-Bilti Gemurah]
The War of the Ants, Maariv, 1981; Modan/Arieh Nir, 1995 [Milhemet Ha-Nemalim]
The Taming of the Shrewish Dog , Modan/Arieh Nir, 1995 [Iluf Ha-Kalbah Ha-Soreret]
Hercules and the Seven Dwarfs (children) , Maariv, 1981; rev. ed. Modan / Aryeh Nir, 1995 [Hercules Ve-Shivat Ha-Gamadim]
His Name Precedes Him (Habimah, 1953)
You`re Telling Me (Hamatateh, 1954)
Black on White (Habimah, 1956)
The Poor Man`s Lamb (Batzal Yarok, 1958)
Not a Word to Morgenstern (Batzal Yarok, 1959)
A Cat in the Bag (Batzal Yarok, 1960)
The Marriage Contract (Ohel, 1961)
Unplug It, the Water is Boiling (Cameri, 1965)
The Swindler (Cameri Ensamble, 1967)
Oh, Oh Juliet! (Habimah, 1973)
Salah Shabati (Habimah, 1988)

Books in Translation

Hungarian: Budapest, Magyar Konyvklub, 1997
German: Munich, Langen Muller, 1998

The books below are selected stories; they do not coincide with Kishon`s titles in Hebrew

Tirane, Shtepia Botuese, 1994, 1998

Varna, Georgi Bakalov, 1979
Plovdiv, Hristo G. Danov, 1981
Sofia, Shalom, 1992
Sofia, Trud, 2000

Shanghai, Wenhui Publishing House, 2004

Zagreb, Hena Com, 2001; 2003; 2004
Belgrade, Book Marso, 2004

Prague: Dilia, 1965
Zurich, Konfrontace, 1981
Zurich, Konfrontace, 1984
Prague, Nakladatelstvi, 1990
Prague, Konsultace, 1991
Prague, Kadel, 1993
Prague, Kadel, 1993
Prague, Kadel, 1995
Prague, Talpress,1996
Prague, Talpress,1997
Prague, Talpress,1997
Prague, Talpress,1997
Prague, Odeon, 1998
Prague, Odeon, 1999
Prague, ASA, 2000
Prague, Nakladatelstvi Lidove Noviny, 2003; 2004; 2005
Prague, Epocha, 2003

Copenhagen, Fremad: 1962
Copenhagen, Samlerens, 1978
Copenhagen, Samlerens, 1978

Amsterdam, Der Arbeiderspers
Amsterdam, De Arbeiderspers,1963
Amsterdam, De Arbeiderspers,1963
Amsterdam, Arbeiderspers,1965
Amsterdam, Der Arbeiderspers,1968
Amsterdam, Der Arbeiderspers,1971
Amsterdam, Arbeiderspers,1973
Amsterdam, Salamander, 1973
Amsterdam, De Bilt,1975
Baarn, Fontein,1975
Utrecht, A.W. Bruna & Zoons,1977
Utrecht, A.W. Bruna & Zoons,1977
Utrecht, A.W. Bruna & Zoons,1978
Utrecht, A.W. Bruna & Zoons,1978
Utrecht, Bruna & Zoon,1978
Utrecht, Bruna & Zoon,1980
Utrecht, A.W. Bruna & Zoons,1981
Amsterdam, Manteau,1984
Amsterdam, Manteau,1985

Tel-Aviv, N. Tversky, 1960
London, A. Deutsch, 1961
New York, Atheneum,1962
Tel-Aviv, N. Tversky, 1962
London, A.Deutsch, 1963
Harmondsw, Penguin Books,1964; 1968
Tel Aviv, N. Tversky, 1965
London, Andre Deutsch,1965
London, Andre Deutsch,1968
McClelland & Stewart 1968
Harmondsworth,Penguin, 1968
McClelland & Stewart 1970
Tel Aviv, Bronfman,1971
Tel Aviv, Bronfman,1971
Jerusalem, Shikmona,1975
Tel Aviv, Bronfman,1975
Tel Aviv, Bronfman,1975
Tel Aviv, Bronfman,1975
Tel Aviv, Bronfman,1975
Tel-Aviv, Bronfman,1975
N.Y, Hebrew Publishing, 1975
Tel Aviv, Bronfman,1975
Jerusalem, Shikmona,1975
Jerusalem, Shikmona,1976
Jerusalem, Shikmona,1977
Jerusalem, Shikmona,1980
New York, Bantam, 1982
Kent, Bachman & Turner, 1983
Toronto, M. Sutkiewicz,1983
Toronto, M. Sutkiewicz,1983
Toronto, M. Sutkiewicz,1983
Manila, F & R, 1988
London, English Theatre, 1988
New York, Shapolsky, 1989
New York, Shapolsky, 1989
London, Prion, 1989
London, Prion, 1989

Gerlingen, Bleicher, 1981

Manila, National Book Store, 1984

Helsinki, Kirjayhtyma, 1977
Helsinki, Kirjayhtyma, 1979
Helsinki, Kirjayhtyma, 1982
Helsinki, Kirjayhtyma, 1984

Paris, Hachette,1963; 1967
Paris, Planete, 1970
Paris, Solar, 1973
Paris, Solar, 1974
Paris, Alta, 1979
Paris, Alta, 1980
Paris, Trevise, 1980
Paris, Trevise, 1981
Paris, Trevise, 1982

Tel-Aviv, Shukuru,1993

Zurich, Konfrontation
Stuttgart, Deutschen Bucherbundes
Munich, Langen-Mueller, 1961
Munich, Langen-Muller, 1963
Munich, Langen-Muller, 1965
Munich, Langen-Muller, 1967
Reinbek, Rowohlt, 1968
Munich, Langen-Muller, 1968
Frankfurt, S. Fischer, 1970
Munich, Langen-Muller, 1970
Frankfurt, S. Fischer, 1970
Frankfurt, S. Fischer, 1970
Frankfurt, S. Fischer, 1970
Munich, Langen-Muller, 1971
Munich, Langen-Muller, 1971
Munich, Langen-Muller, 1972
Munich, Langen-Muller, 1973
Munich, Langen-Muller, 1974
Munich, Langen-Muller, 2000
Munich, Langen-Muller, 2002
Munich, Langen-Muller, 2003; 2004; 2005
Munich, Weltbild, 2004
Munich, Deutscher, 1974
Weinheim, Deutscher Theater, 1974
Stuttgart, Deutscher Bucherbund 1974
Munich, Deutscher Taschenbuch, 1975
Frankfurt, S. Fischer, 1975
Munich, Langen-Muller, 1976
Weinheim/Bergstrasse Deutscher Theater, 1977
Frankfurt, Fischer Taschenbuch, 1977
Munich, Langen-Muller, 1977
Munich, Nymphenburger, 1977
Frankfurt, Ullstein,1978
Munich, Langen-Muller, 1978
Munich, Langen-Muller, 1978
Munich, Langen-Muller, 1978
Munich, Georg Lentz, 1978
Munich, Georg Lentz, 1978
Frankfurt, Ullstein, 1978
Frankfurt, Ullstein, 1978
Munich, Langen-Muller, 1979
Tokyo, Hakusuisha, 1979
Tokyo, Hakusuisha, 1979
Munich, Langen-Muller,1979
Frankfurt, Ullstein,1979
Munich, Langen-Mueller, 1979
Munich, Heine, 1980
Frankfurt, Ullstein,1980
Munich, Langen-Muller,1980
Munich, Lentz, 1980
Berlin, Ullstein,1981
Munich, Lentz, 1981
Munich, Lange-Muller,1981
Munich, Langen-Muller,1981
Munich, Langen-Mueller, 1982
Munich, Langen-Mueller, 1982
Munich, Herbig, 1982
Wiesbaden, Limes, 1982
Munich, Georg Lentz, 1982
Berlin, Volk und Welt,1983
Munich, Langen Muller,1983
Munich, Herbig/ Langen-Muller, 1983
Munich, Langen-Muller,1984
Munich, Deutscher Taschenbuch, 1985
Munich, Langen-Muller,1985
Munich, Langen Mueller, 1985
Munich, Herbig, 1985
Munich, Langen-Muller,1985
Berlin, Volk und Welt,1986
Munich, Langen-Muller,1987
Frankfurt, Ullstein,1987
Munich, Langen-Muller,1987
Munich, Herbig, 1988
Frankfurt, Ullstein,1988
Munich, Langen-Muller,1989
Munich, Herbig, 1989
Frankfurt, Ullstein,1989
Munich, Langen-Muller,1990
Munich, Langen-Muller,1991
Frankfurt, Ullstein,1991
Munich, Langen-Muller,1992
Frankfurt, Ullstein,1992
Leipzig, Deutschen Zentralbucherei fur Blinde zu Leipzig, 1993
Munich, Langen-Muller,1993
Frankfurt, Ullstein, 1993
Munich, Langen-Muller, 1993
Frankfurt, Ullstein, 1994
Munich, Langen-Muller ,1994
Munich, Langen-Muller/Herbig 1994
Munich, Langen Muller,1995
Frankfurt, Ullstein,1995
Frankfurt, Ullstein, 1995
Augsburg,Weltbild, 1995; 2004
Munich, Wilhelm Heyne,1997
Munich, Langen Muller,1997
Munich, Langen Muller,1997
Munich, dtv, 1998
Munich, Langen-Mueller, 1998
Munich, dtv, 1998
Bergisch Gladbach, Bastei Lubbe, 1998
Bergisch Gladbach, Bastei Lubbe, 1999; 2002; 2003; 2004
Munich, Langen Muller,1999
Frankfurt, Insel, 1999
Munich, dtv, 2000
Berlin, Ullstein, 2000
Munich, Langen-Muller, 2003
Munich, Langen-Muller, 2004

Athens, Kastaniotis, 2000

Budapest, Officina Nova
Tel Aviv, Forum
Tel Aviv, Alexander
Tel Aviv, Alexander, 1951
Tel Aviv, Forum, 1956
Tel Aviv, N. Tversky, 1967
Tel Aviv, Hadash Konyvkiado, 1975
Zurich, Konfrontation,1982
Budapest, Europa, 1984
Budapest, Officina Nova,1984
Budapest, Europa, 1986
Budapest, Europa, 1988
Budapest, Officina Nova, 1990
Budapest, Officina Nova, 1992
Budapest, Magyar Konyvklub, 1994
Budapest, Magyar Konyvklub, 1996
Budapest, Magyar Konyvklub, 1997
Budapest, Bastei Budapest, 2000
Budapest, Ab Ovo, 2000
Budapest, Kiado, 2004 (2 books)
Budapest, Cicero, 2011
Budapest, Kossuth, 2011

Akranesi, Horpuutgafan, 1984
Akranesi, Horpuutgafan, 1985

Milan, Nuova Accademia
Milan, Ceschina, 1970
Milan, Ceschina, 1971
Bolzano, Athesia, 1978
Milan, Rusconi, 1978
Milan, Longanesi, 1980
Milan, Mondadori, 1982
Milan, Longanesi, 1988
Milan, Teadue, 1994

Tokyo, Kadokawa
Tokyo, Motovan
Tokyo, Jitsugyo no nihon sha, 1980
Tokyo, Kadokawa, 1985
Tokyo, Kadokawa, 1985
Tokyo, Kadokawa, 1985
Tokyo, Kodan sha (Aoi tori bunko), 1985

Seoul, Han Jin, 1979
Seoul, Han Jin, 1981
Seoul, Design House Pub, 1996
Seoul, Design House Pub, 2001
Seoul, Positive Thinking, 2004 (two books)

Seoul, Samin, 2015

Riga, AGB, 1998
Riga, AGB, 1998

Oslo, Gyldendal Norsk, 1975
Oslo, Gyldendal Norsk, 1976


Manila, National Book Store, 1984

Warsaw, Wydawnictwo Dolnoslaskie, 1988
Krakow, Wydawnictwo M,1994
Krakow, Wydawnictwo M,1994
Krakow, Wydawnictwo M,1994
Krakow, Wydawnictwo Literackie, 1996

Sao Paulo, Perspectiva, 1971
Lisbon, Carlos & Reis, 1972
Sao Paulo, Perspectiva, 1976
Sao Paulo, Editora Pedagogica e Universitaria, 1984
Sao Paulo, Editora Pedagogica e Universitaria, 1984
Sao Paulo, Editora Pedagogica e Universitaria, 1984
Sao Paulo, Circolo do Livro, 1987
Sao Paulo, Circolo do Livro, 1987

Bucharest, Paideia
Bucharest, Univers, 1977
Bucharest, Univers, 1983
Bucharest, Editura Hasefer, 2004

Tel-Aviv, Or-Press
Tel-Aviv, Bronfman, 1973
Tel-Aviv, Or-Press, 1975
Tel-Aviv, Bitan, 1995
Family Book
Jerusalem/Moscow, Gesharim/ Mosti Kulturi, 2004;2017 

Belgrade, Book Marso, 2000
Belgrade, Book Marso, 2001
Belgrade, Book Marso, 2002
Belgrade, Book Marso, 2003

Zagreb, Znanje, 1977
Zagreb, Znanje, 1980
Zagreb, Znanje, 1980
Zagreb, Znanje, 1982
Zagreb, Znanje, 1984
Zagreb, Znanje, 1985
Zagreb, Znanje, 1986
Zagreb, Znanje, 1986
Zagreb, Znanje, 1987
Zagreb, Znanje, 1990
Zagreb, Znanje, 1992
Zagreb, Znanje, 1993
Opatija, Otokar Kersovani, 1995
Zagreb, Hena Com,1996
Zagreb, IP Book, 1996
Zagreb, IP Book, 1996
Zagreb, Hena Com,1997
Zagreb, Hena Com,1997
Zagreb, IP Book, 1998
Zagreb, Hena Com,1999
Zagreb, IP Book, 1999

Bratislava, USPO, 1996
Bratislava, Kalligram, 1999
Bratislava, Kalligram, 2000
Bratislava, Kalligram, 2001
Bratislava, Kalligram, 2002

Ljubljana, Mladinska Knjiga, 1979
Ljubljana, Mladinska knjiga, 1984
Maribor, Zalozba Obzorja, 1987

Buenos Aires, Horme
Buenos Aires, Raices
Buenos Aires, Candelabro
Buenos Aires, Candelabro
Buenos Aires, Candelabro
Jerusalem, Inst.Central de Rel. Culturales, 1964
Buenos Aires, Candelabro, 1964
Jerusalem, Inst. Central de Rel. Culturales, 1964
Buenos Aires, Candelabro, 1971
Buenos Aires, Emece, 1974
Buenos Aires, Emece, 1975
Barcelona, Plaza & Janez, 1976
Buenos Aires, Candelabro, 1976
Barcelona, Plaza & Janez, 1979
Barcelona, Plaza & Janez, 1980
Barcelona, Plaza & Janes S.A, 1982
Barcelona, Plaza y Janes, 1982
Barcelona, Plaza y Janes, 1982
Barcelona, Plaza & Janez, 1982
Barcelona, Muchnik, 1983

Malmo, Berghs
Stockholm, Askild & Karnekull,1974
Stockholm, Askild & Karnekull,1975

Ankara, Varlik Yayinevi, 1969
Istanbul, Milliyet Yayinlari,1973
Ankara, Ayyildiz Matbaasi, 1973
Ankara, Bilgi Yayinevi, 1976
Ankara, Bilgi Yayinevi, 1977
Istanbul, Milliyet Yayinlari,1977
Istanbul, Inkilap Kitabevi, 1985
Istanbul, Inkilap Kitabevi, 1985
Istanbul, Inkilap Kitabevi, 1990
Istanbul, Real, 1991
Istanbul, Inkilap Kitabevi, 1994
Istanbul, AD Kitapcilik, 1998
Istanbul, AD Kitapcilik, 1998
Istanbul, Dogan Kitapsilik, 2000

Tel Aviv, Maariv, 1976
Nidderau (Germany), M. Naumann, 2004


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