|Born||16 September 1898|
Ukraine, Russian Empire
|Died||24 March 1973 (aged 74)|
|Notable awards||Bialik Prize (1942)|
Israel Prize (1953)
Haim Hazaz was born in a small village of Sidorovichi, Kiev Governorate in the Russian Empire. Like many Jewish writers from his generation in the Russian Empire, witnessing pogroms played a formative role on his work. He lived in a number of major European cities, including Kiev, Kharkiv, Moscow, Constantinople, Paris and Berlin before emigrating to the then British Mandate of Palestine in 1931. settling in Jerusalem. He was married to the poet Yocheved Bat-Miriam. They lost their only son, Nahum, in the 1947–1949 Palestine war in 1948.
Hazaz was first published in 1918 under a pseudonym. He then published a number of short stories in Journals. Halfway through the 1920s, his stories where gaining recognition. Many of his works at that time have the Russian Revolution as a background. In 1930, he released his first novel (בישוב של יער), which focuses on a Jewish family in Ukraine around the Russo-Japanese War.
Awards and recognition
- In 1942 (jointly with Shaul Tchernichovsky) and again in 1970, Hazaz was awarded the Bialik Prize for Literature.
- In 1953, he was awarded the Israel Prize for literature., the inaugural year of the prize.
- Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature. Haim Hazaz Archived 2011-06-22 at the Wayback Machine
- Shorter Jewish Encyclopedia. Haim Hazaz
- The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe. Hayim Hazaz
- "List of Bialik Prize recipients 1933–2004 (in Hebrew), Tel Aviv Municipality website" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
- "Israel Prize recipients in 1953 (in Hebrew)". Israel Prize Official Site. Archived from the original on 24 January 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2009.