Literature

British Council: no support for boycott aims of Palestinian festival

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2012

The British Council has distanced itself from the pro-boycott aims of a Palestinian literature festival due to take place in Gaza from this Saturday.

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Israeli's Holocaust novel shortlisted for foreign fiction award

By Jennifer Lipman, April 24, 2012

An Israeli author is in the running to win a fiction prize worth £10,000.

Aharon Appelfeld’s novel, Blooms of Darkness, is one of six titles shortlisted for the 2012 Independent Foreign Fiction Award.

The book, translated by Jeffrey M Green, tells the story of the relationship between a Jewish boy and a prostitute at a brothel where he hides from the Nazis.

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Israel boycott activist to take part in Olympic poetry festival

By Jennifer Lipman, April 18, 2012

Israeli and Palestinian poets will be on the bill at an international poetry festival later this year as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Anat Zecharya, a Tel Aviv-born writer and photographer, will be one of the up to 204 poets from Olympic nations taking part in the week-long celebration of verse at the Southbank Centre.

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Gunter Grass banned from Israel after attack poem

By Jennifer Lipman, April 9, 2012

The German poet and Nobel Laureate Gunter Grass has been banned from visiting Israel.

It comes after Mr Grass, who as a teenager was a member of the Waffen SS, published a poem attacking Israel and accusing it of damaging global stability with its stance on Iran.

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Netanyahu attacks Gunter Grass for 'shameful moral equivalence'

By Jennifer Lipman, April 5, 2012

The Israeli Prime Minister has suggested that it is "not surprising" to hear German Nobel laureate accuse Israel of being the greatest threat to world piece.

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German writer Gunter Grass launches poetry attack on Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2012

Nobel Prize-winning writer Gunter Grass has criticised Israel for "endangering the already fragile world peace".

Mr Grass, 84, is known for his left-wing political views. In a poem published in the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, he expressed concern that Israel "could wipe out the Iranian people" if it took action against Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

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Amos Oz in running for literary award

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2012

A book by a prolific Israeli writer has been shortlisted for an award honouring translations of books.

Amos Oz, one of the most influential writers and intellectuals in Israeli history, is the author of dozens of books, short stories and essays.

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Stefan Zweig's suicide note posted online

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2012

The suicide note of an influential Jewish writer has been published online in Israel 70 years after his death.

Stefan Zweig, author of dozens of books, plays and short stories including The Post Office Girl and Beware of Pity, was a well-known literary figure in his day.

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Author publishes new book on Facebook first

By Jennifer Lipman, February 17, 2012

An Israeli writer has decided to bypass traditional methods of publishing and print his work on Facebook.

Russian-born Alex Epstein, who moved to Israel as a child, is an award winning author and has enjoyed literary success with two collections of short stories.

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Montefiore bigoraphy wins prestigious prize

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2012

An Oxford University academic has won £16,000 for her biography of Jewish philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore.

Abigail Green's book on the "Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero" was named as the runner-up in the annual Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

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