Nathan Shaham

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Nathan Shaham
נתן שחם
Nathan Shaham in Beit Alfa (cropped).jpg
Shaham in Beit Alfa, Nov. 2000
Born (1925-01-29)January 29, 1925
Died June 18, 2018(2018-06-18) (aged 93)
Beit Alfa, Israel
Occupation Writer, novelist and playwright
Nationality Israeli
Notable awards

Nathan Shaham (Hebrew: נתן שחם; January 29, 1925[1] – June 18, 2018) was an Israeli writer.


Born in Tel Aviv, Shaham has been a member of Kibbutz Beit Alfa since 1945, and served with the Palmach in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.[2] He was the son of Eliezer Steinman, the Hebrew author and essayist.

Shaham was editor-in-chief of Sifriat Poalim Publishing House. He was Israel's cultural attaché in the United States from 1977–80, and a former vice-chairman of the Israel Broadcasting Authority.

He died in his home in Beit Alfa on June 18, 2018.[3]


Shaham was the winner of several literary awards, including the Bialik Prize (1988),[4] the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction (1992), the Newman Prize (1993), the ADAI-WIZO Prize for The Rosendorf Quartet (Italy, 2005), and the Prime Minister's Prize (2007).[5] In 2012, he won the Israel Prize for Hebrew Literature and Poetry; the prize jury called Shaham one of the outstanding authors of Israel’s generation of founders and noted the “lively and rich” style of his plays, fiction and nonfiction works.[6]


  • Grain and Lead (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1948 [Dagan Ve-Oferet][7]
  • The Gods Are Lazy (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1949 [Ha-Elim Atzelim]
  • They'll Arrive Tomorrow (play), Sifriat Poalim, 1949 [Hem Yagyu Mahar]
  • Call Me Siomka (play), Sifriat Poalim, 1950 [Kra Li Siomka]
  • "Yohanan Bar Hama" (play), 1952
  • Always Us (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1952 [Tamid Anahnu]
  • A Stone on the Well's Mouth (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1956 [Even Al Pi Ha-Be'er]
  • "Meetings in Moscow" (non-fiction), 1957
  • Veterans' Housing (stories), Sifriat Poalim, 1958 [Shikun Vatikim]
  • The Wisdom of the Poor (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1960 [Hochmat Ha-Misken]
  • Citrus Scent (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1962 [Reyah Hadarim]
  • The Journey to the Land of Kush (travel), Massada, 1962 [Masah Le-Eretz Kush]
  • "That's Because" (children), Sifriat Poalim, 1964
  • The Book of Portraits, Sifriat Poalim, 1968 [Sefer ha-Diokanaot]
  • First Person Plural (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1968 [Guf Rishon Rabim]
  • Round Trip (novel), Am Oved, 1972 [Haloch Ve-Shov]
  • Witness for the King (novel), Am Oved, 1975 [Ed Ha-Melech]
  • Talk to the Wind (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1975 [Daber El Ha-Ruah]
  • The Other Side of the Wall (novellas), Am Oved, 1978 [Kirot Etz Dakim]
  • Green Autumn (stories), Sifriat Poalim, 1979 [Stav Yarok]
  • Bone to the Bone (novel), Am Oved, 1981 [Etzem El Atzmo]
  • Still Silent Voice (novel), Sifriat Poalim, 1983 [Demamah Dakah]
  • Mountain and Home (non-fiction), Sifriat Poalim, 1984 [Ha-Har Ve Ha-Bayit]
  • The Streets of Ashkelon (novellas), Am Oved, 1985 [Hutzot Ashkelon]
  • Four in One Bar, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1987 [Arba Be-Teivah Ahat]
  • The Rosendorf Quartet (novel), Am Oved, 1987 [Reviyat Rosendorf]. English translation Avalon Travel Publishing, 2000, ISBN 978-0-8021-3316-8
  • Sealed Book, Sifriat Poalim, 1988 [Sefer Hatum]
  • They'll Arrive Tomorrow (play), Or-Am, 1989 [Hem Yagyu Mahar]
  • New Account (play), Or-Am, 1989 [Heshbon Hadash]
  • The Desert Generation (non-fiction), Sifriat Poalim, 1991 [Dor Ha-Midbar]
  • Series (novel), Am Oved, 1992 [Sidra]
  • Hot Dogs (stories), Sifriat Poalim, 1993 [Naknikiot Hamot]
  • The Heart of Tel Aviv (novel), Am Oved, 1996 [Lev Tel Aviv]
  • Expect a Letter (stories), Sifriat Poalim, 1999 [Michtav Ba-Derech]
  • Rosendorf's Shadow (novel), Am Oved, 2001 [Tzilo Shel Rosendorf]
  • Tabula Rasa [Zmora-Bitan, 2010] (Hebrew: לוח חלק‬)


  1. ^ [1]
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  3. ^ הסופר והמחזאי נתן שחם הלך לעולמו בגיל 93. Ynet (in Hebrew). Jun 18, 2018. Retrieved Jun 19, 2018. 
  4. ^ "List of Bialik Prize recipients 1933-2004 (in Hebrew), Tel Aviv Municipality website" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-17. 
  5. ^ Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature, Nathan Shaham (retrieved 27 November 2017).
  6. ^ "Nathan Shaham to receive Israel Prize for Hebrew Literature". Haaretz. February 24, 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ [2]

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