The Writers' Haaretz: Israel's best authors report the news
Dozens of writers replace Haaretz journalists in a special tribute to the start of Hebrew Book Week.
Dozens of writers and poets replaced Haaretz's regular journalists Tuesday and reported the day's news as they experienced it, in a special tribute to the start of Hebrew Book Week.
From the front-page headline to the back-page weather report, the newspaper will be written by a team of Israel's best authors.
Below is a partial list of the participating writers.
One of Israel's leading authors of fiction, nonfiction, and youth and children's literature, David Grossman been translated into numerous languages. His books include The Yellow Wind, a controversial study of the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Sleeping on a Wire: Conversations with Palestinians in Israel, and Death as a Way of Life: Israel Ten Years after Oslo. Two of his novels, Smile of the Lamb and Someone to Run With, became full-length feature films. Grossman has won the Prime Minister's Prize for Creative Work, the Italian prize Premio Flaiano, the Emet Prize and the Geschwister-Scholl-Preis, and was awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
Born in Ramat Gan in 1967, Keret published his first work, "Pipelines" a collection of stories, in 1992. His works are known for their weaving of reality with elements of fantasy and the absurd. Some 40 short films have been based on books by Keret, who is also a lecturer in the TV and Film Department at Tel Aviv University. His most recently translated book, "The Nimrod Flipout," was published in 2006.
Born in Jerusalem in 1945, Haim Be'er published his first book, of his poems, Day to Day Delights in 1970. Among his novels, "The Pure Element of Time" and "Feathers," which were published in English in 2003 and 2004 respectively, reflect the tensions of the ultra-Orthodox world in which Be'er grew up.
Novelist and journalist Yoram Kaniuk was born in Tel Aviv in 1930, and in 1960 published the first of his 17 novels, "The Acrophile," which was translated into English the following year. The hallmark of Kaniuk's writing has been described as his experimentalism and his ability to write from a different place each time. One of his best-known novels is "Adam Resurrected," published in English in 1969, which explored the Holocaust from new directions. It has been recently filmed by Paul Schroeder, starring Jeff Goldblum and Ayelet Zorer.