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Orly Castel-Bloom

One of the leading voices in contemporary Israeli writing, Orly Castel-Bloom is a celebrated Israeli novelist, feted for her unique post-modern prose. After studying Film at the Beit Zvi Institute and Tel Aviv University, Castel-Bloom published her first collection of stories in 1987 to critical acclaim and has been a leading voice in Hebrew literature ever since. Castel-Bloom’s work has been translated into 14 languages, her creative output encompassing novels, short story collections, and a children’s book. Her numerous awards and accolades include the Tel Aviv Foundation Prize (1990), the Alterman Prize for Innovation (1993), The Neuman Prize (2003), the French WIZO Prize (2005), the Lea Goldberg Prize (2007), and the Rishon Le Zion Prize for Creativity in the Hebrew Language (2016). An Egyptian Novel was awarded the Sapir Prize—Israel’s premier prize for fiction—in 2015. The jury’s citation noted that “in this story, [Castel-Bloom] broadens the canvas of Hebrew literature, in a unique manner setting out a decidedly Israeli story, one which has never been told before.” Biotope, her most recent novel, has been shortlisted for the 2024 Sapir Prize. Castel-Bloom has taught at Harvard, UCLA, UC Berkeley, NYU, Oxford, and Cambridge. Presently, she teaches creative writing at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.

Two unforgettable masterpieces by the groundbreaking author Orly Castel-Bloom: From the futuristic, fantastical Tel Aviv in Dolly City to meticulous realistic descriptions of the city in Biotope!

Novel: An Egyptian Novel

Novel: Biotope

Novel: Dolly City

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