Born in Haifa in 1963,the author of Closing the Sea, Yehudit Katzir studied literature and cinema at Tel Aviv University. At present, she is an editor at Hakibbutz Hameuchad/Siman Kriah Publishing House and teaches creative writing. Katzir, a bestselling author in Israel, has published two collections of stories and novellas, two novels and two children`s books. In addition to literary prizes for individual stories, Katzir has received the Book Publishers Association`s Gold and Platinum Book Prizes, the Prime Minister`s Prize twice (1996, 2007) and the French WIZO Prize for Matisse Has the Sun in His Belly (2004). Her work has been translated into many languages.
National Space / Private Home: Cultural Shifts in Israeli Literature
What themes preoccupy Israeli literature today and how do they reflect and shape the national psyche? What space do ‘private homes’ occupy within the national one and how do they voice their own concerns? How far did Israeli literature go from the initial call for ‘one nation – one voice’?
The novelists Yehudit Katzir and Eshkol Nevo discussed these topics and more with Professor Hannah Naveh, the distinguished scholar of Israeli culture.
From Closing the Sea to Here I Begin: A Journey Through Writing
‘Closing the Sea’, Yehudit Katzir’s first book (published in Israel in 1990), has captivated readers’ imagination in an unprecedented way. Subsequent publications: two novels, a collection of short stories and children’s books, reaffirmed her rare gift of story telling. Against the turbulent background of Israeli reality, Yehudit Katzir weaves the stories of her characters, mainly women, as they grow up, negotiating a way between their desires and failures, aspirations and constrai...