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Yonat and Alexander Sened

Husband and wife, Yonat and Alexander Sened wrote their novels together. Alexander (1921-2004) was born in Poland, and came to pre-state Israel in 1935. After World War II, he was sent to Europe to organize the immigration of Jewish refugees. There he met Yonat (1926-2014), who was born in Częstochowa, Poland, and escaped from the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. A few days after they met, Yonat went to study at Geneva University. When Israel's War of Independence broke out, the couple came to Israel illegally, settling at Kibbutz Revivim in the Negev. Alexander later became chief editor of Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishing House; Yonat lectured on Hebrew literature at Ben Gurion University and translated French literature into Hebrew. They published 10 novels, some of which have been translated into English, French, Portuguese and Yiddish.
The Seneds received several literary awards, including the Prime Minister's Prize, the Brenner Prize twice (1965, 1982) and the Agnon Prize (1988).
Yonat and Alexander Sened

Books Published in Hebrew

Land Without Shade (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1951; 1966; Tarmil, 1985; Ariel, 2001 [Adama Le-Lo Tzel]
The Ninth Grade Class (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1954 [ Ha-Kita Ha-Chamishit]
Drafty Days (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1958 [Yameihem Ha-Prutzim La-Ruach]
Between the Dead and the Living (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1964 [Bein Ha-Metim U-Vein Ha-Hayim]
Another Attempt (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1968; Tarmil, 1971 [Ha-Nisayon Ha-Nosaf]
Tandu (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1973 [Tandu]
Ahither and Whence (selected works), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1974 [Leʹan U-Meʹayin]
The Land Inhabited (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1981 [Kvar Eretz Noshevet]
Weʹll Call Him Leon (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1985 [Nikrah Lo Leon]
Oasis (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, Keter, 1988 [Oasis]
Diary of a Couple in Love (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1992 [Yoman Shel Zug Meʹohav]
In the Desert a Lodging Place (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1998 [Ba-Midbar Melon Orhim]
On Chestnuts, Peacocks and Tokens from Heaven (novel) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2004 [Al Armonim, Tavasim U-Ptakim Mi-Shamayim]
Kazik [Yonat Sened] (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2008 [Kazik]

Books in Translation

Another Attempt
English: Tel Aviv, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1981

Land Without Shade
Yiddish: Tel Aviv, Sifriat Poalim, 1953
Portuguese: Rio de Janeiro, Beit Anielewitch, 1956

The Land Inhabited
French: Paris, L`Harmattan, 2003

English translations available (for publishers only):
Between the Dead and the Living
The Land Inhabited


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