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"People do not write like that here..."
Ariana Melamed

Corinna Hasofferett is an Israeli award-winning writer of Hebrew literary fiction and nonfiction, and is a recipient of the Yaddo and Ledig writer-in-residency fellowships and many other grants and awards. Her work has been published in such literary magazines and e-zines as Partisan Review, International Quarterly, Pen Israel Anthology, Archipelago, Jacket, Patchword, Masthead, etc. Two of her recent books, 'Once She Was a Child' and 'Sodot' ('A Minyan of Lovers') have been translated into English and are available for publication.

Life

Born in the regional town of Tecuci, Romania.
Short childhood (three-four years).

Tile-roofs, spotted hens in the courtyard. A pleasure to discover an egg among the flowers, to punch a tiny hole and drink it on the spot, warm and fresh, and the egg-yolk soft. Once She Was A Child

That's how they are preserved in memory. I sit in my house, outside the light of day and the light of night are mixed up as cards are shuffled, and I don't notice it. I get up from the table only to feed Ronen, go to sleep so I can return from the dream and record every single word. A few people, a moment before oblivion covered them with a soft cape, gave me a saying as you give a fire that doesn't go out. If I hadn't come, would they have remained in the transparent air-ship of each one of them, and not crumbled away. Land of Mulberry and Cherries


1941

Romania, as Germany's ally, adopts the Nazi Race Laws. Father taken to slave labor. Grandfather taken as hostage, dies.

Unlike professor Ember, I considered my father's deed an important one, a sort of "Here I am" call which in order to respond to a person comes into the world. Now I know that I was following my father in order to find the call for which I myself am here. My father did with all his might, and all his might was in words alone… Another Story

Our uncles, twenty, twenty-five years old, would come in in the evenings and dance ballroom dances with us, when we were three, four, five. Then they took them, and our father, all the Jewish men, to slave hard labor. They put them to work by the railway tracks. The German soldiers would pass by on the trains and shoot for fun, at them and at the Romanian guards. My uncle says that one of the prisoners would always lie with his ear on the tracks to hear if a train was approaching, so they could hide from the Germans in time, they and their guards.
Once She Was A Child

12/47

Illegal Alyah on Pan Crescent, a small ship built to hold 450 people, yet crowded with 7,500 Holocaust survivors.

7/48

Legal Alyah to the newly founded Israel State.

When we were about to disembark from the ship that had brought us over from the detention camps in Cypress, a tall man came and picked me up in his arms -- I was thin and small like an eight year old -- and took me down the gangplank as far as the port, and said, "Don't cry little girl, from now on everything will be well for you." I didn't understand what he was talking about, I had been so lucky. Pity was for others. On the other hand, if the past incited pity, you had to throw it away as fast as possible. Once She Was A Child

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C.V.
Life's University:
1952-55

As an adolescent, worked under Abraham Shlonsky, a major poet and chief editor at Sifriat Po'alim Publishers, then the major Israeli publishing house.

1955-6

Army service and member of Kibbutz Carmia (in southwest Israel, bordering with the Gaza Strip).

1957-60

Member of Kibbutz Shuval in the Negev (in southern Israel).




Academic:

1965-8

Hebrew and English Literature B.A. studies at the Tel-Aviv University.




Published Writing:

2002

A Minyan of Lovers, HudnaPress, Israel

1989

Pink Pages, Zabam & The Hebrew Writers Association

1973

Some Answer, Massada & Hebrew Writers Association

1970-95

Publication of some twenty novellas in literary magazines

1969

First story published immediately upon submission to KESHET, the foremost literary magazine.

1964

And Who Saw Micky? Children Literature, Da'at Press




Projected:

2003

Once She Was A Child, HudnaPress, Israel.




Work In Progress:

 

Her Window is A Triangle - memorable nonfiction

Killing Love - fiction

Three Novels on Justice

A Dream Come True: Hilai

Orian's Fables - Children Literature.

Aviv Smiles - Children's nonfiction




Public Activity:

1975

During terrorist attacks in the Galilee, initiated and organized six months of biweekly meetings between Arab and Jewish youth leaders and artists (writers, composers, dramatists).

1991

Taught writing workshop at Ms. Conference, NYC.

1984-95

Founded and directed HILAI, The Israeli Center for the Creative Arts.

2002

Hebrew and English Literature B.A. studies at the Tel-Aviv University.




Awards and Honors:

1973

The Hebrew Writers Association Publication Prize.

1978

The Aricha Prize for "Revelation"

1979/95

The Institute for Translations of Heb. Lit. Translation grants.

1987

The New Israel Fund Wyner Prize.

1988

The Institute for a Better Israel Award.

1988

The Tel-Aviv Foundation for Arts & Culture Grant.

1989

The Hebrew Writers Publication Prize.

1994

Israel Foreign Ministry travel grant to Egypt.

1994

The Israeli Academic Center in Cairo Sponsorship.

1995

The Tel-Aviv Foundation for Arts & Culture Fellowship.

1996

The BCLA (British Comparative Literature Association) Publication Honor for 'Revelation'.

1997

The Yaddo Artists Colony Fellowship.

1998

The Tel-Aviv Foundation for Arts & Culture Fellowship.

1998

The NY Ledig House Fellowship.

2000

The President of Israel Grant.

2001

The Eshkol Fund Grant.

2002 BI ARTS travel grant to Oxford, UK
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