Meir Shalev

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Meir Shalev
Meir Shalev.jpg
Meir Shalev, 2006
Born מאיר שלו
Nahalal, Israel
Language Hebrew
Nationality Israeli
Notable awards Bernstein Prize,
Brenner Prize

Meir Shalev (Hebrew: מאיר שלו‎‎; born 29 July 1948) is an Israeli writer and newspaper columnist[1] for the daily Yedioth Ahronoth . Shalev's books have been translated into 26 languages.[2]


Shalev was born in Nahalal, israel. Later he lived a at ginosar. He is the son of the Jerusalem poet Yitzhak Shalev. His cousin Zeruya Shalev is also a writer. He began his career by presenting ironic features on television and radio. He also moderated the program Erev Shabbat ("Friday night") on Israel channel one. His first novel, The Blue Mountain, was published in 1988.

Shalev also writes non-fiction, children's books and a weekly column in the weekend edition of Yediot Ahronot.

He currently lives in the Jezreel Valley.[2]

Views and opinions[edit]

Shalev identifies with the Israeli left and believes that the conflict with the Palestinians can be resolved by establishing two states for two peoples. However, he is disappointed with the extremism in the Palestinian camp: "Radical Palestinians still say that the only solution would be for all Jews to pack their bags and return to where their grandparents came from. When there are no more Jews left in the Middle East, then the problem is solved, according to their logic. As long as they continue to think that way, there will be no peace. We are here and we are going to stay. Only after that fact is generally accepted can progress be made.[3]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Published works[edit]



  • 1985 Bible Now, a book containing interpretations of Hebrew Bible stories from his personal point of view, which first appeared in the newspaper Haaretz.
  • Elements of Conjuration
  • 1995 Mainly About Love
  • 1998 My Jerusalem
  • 2008 In the Beginning: Firsts in the Bible
  • 2011 Beginnings: Reflections on the Bible's Intriguing Firsts ISBN 0-307-71718-6 (Nonfiction)

Children's books[edit]

  • 1982 Michael and the Monster of Jerusalem ISBN 965-382-001-X
  • 1987 Zohar's Dimples
  • 1988 My Father Always Embarrasses Me
  • 1990 Nehama the Louse
  • 1993 How the Neanderthal Inadvertently Invented Kebab
  • 1994 A flood, a snake and two arks
  • 1995 The Tractor in the Sandbox
  • 2000 Aunt Michal
  • 2004 A lion at night
  • 2004 Roni and Nomi and the Bear Yaacov
  • A Louise Named Thelma
  • A Lion in the Night
  • 2007 Uncle Aaron and his rain


Meir Shalev in duet with jazz guitarist Dekel Bor

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