One of the most expected encounters at Bookfest fair tomorrow, June 2 is the one with the renowned bestselling Israeli writer Zeruya Shalev. The meeting, hosted by journalist Marius Constantinescu, is due as of 6 p.m., with Romanian writer Simona Sora, journalist Mihaela Dedeoglu and Bogdan-Alexandru Stănescu, Zeruya Shalev’s Romanian editor also attending.
Zeruya Shalev was born on Kibbutz Kinneret in 1959. She has an MA in Bible studies and works as a literary editor at Keshet publishing house.
Shalev has published five novels, a book of poetry and a children’s book. Her novels Love Life, Husband and Wife, Thera, The Remains of Love and Pain have received critical acclaim both in Israel and abroad. They have been translated into 21 languages and were bestsellers in several countries. Shalev has been awarded the Book Publishers’ Association’s Gold and Platinum Prizes, the German Corine Literature Prize (2001), the French Amphi Award, and the ACUM prize three times (1997, 2003, 2005). Husband and Wife was nominated for the French Femina prize (2002), and is included in the French Fnac list of the 200 Best Books of the Decade.
The novel Love Life was ranked by the German newspaper Der Spiegel among the twenty best novels of the last forty years. The novel was translated in Romanian by Gheorghe Miletineanu in the „Polirom Library” collection.
Pain is the fifth novel, also published in Romanian by Polirom publishing house, whose heroine, Iris, was the victim of a terror attack, just like the author did. On January 29, 2004, when Shalev was returning to her home in Rehavia, Jerusalem a Palestinian suicide bomber blew up a city bus as she was passing by. It took her four months to recover from her injuries.
Bookfest schedule of June 2 also includes a dialogue „The Hebrew language, yesterday and today” attended by Gil Hovav, whose grand grand-father is Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, who revitalized the modern Hebrew language; his grandfather is Itamar Ben-Avi, the father of the modern journalism in Israel. The event is due at Israel’s stall at Bookfest, c4 Pavilion, at 4 p.m.
Another meeting with Gil Hovav, one of the most known culinary journalists in Israel and in the world, is scheduled also on June 2 at Hecate Bookshop (8 Olari street) on LGBT rights.