|Haim Hazaz |
16 September 1898|
Ukraine, Russian Empire
24 March 1973 (74 years)|
Bialik Prize (1942)|
Israel Prize (1953)
Hazaz was born in a small village of Sidorovichi, Kiev Governorate in the Russian Empire in 1898. 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 Israeli war of independence in 1948. From 1961 until his death in 1973, Hazaz lived in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Talbiya.
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.
- 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
- 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).
- "Israel Prize recipients in 1953 (in Hebrew)". Israel Prize Official Site. Archived from the original on 24 January 2010.
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