Ronit Matalon

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Ronit Matalon (Hebrew: רונית מטלון, born 1959) is an Israeli fiction writer.


Matalon was born in Ganei Tikva, Israel, the daughter of Egyptian-Jewish immigrants. Matalon studied literature and philosophy at Tel Aviv University and worked as a journalist for Haaretz newspaper, where she covered Gaza and the West Bank between 1987 and 1993.[1] She is a resident of Tel Aviv and teaches literature at the University of Haifa.[2] She also taught at the Camera Obscura school for the arts in Tel Aviv.

Matalon is an important feminist-oriental voice in contemporary Hebrew literature, and has published essays on the desire to portray alternative eastern-western characterizations, to the categorizations in existing Israeli literature.

Matalon is also a liberal social activist, and has participated in demonstrations organized by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. She is a member of the Art and Culture Council of the Ministry of Education, and the Forum for Mediterranean Culture at the Van Leer Institute. In 2003, she was a co-petitioner to the Supreme Court of Israel to investigate the assassination of Salah Shehade.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]


An illustration by Ruth Zarfati (he) for the book A Story that Begins with a Snake's Funeral
  • Strangers at Home (1992)
  • A Story that Begins with a Snake's Funeral (1994, children's book)
  • The One Facing Us (1995)
  • Sarah Sarah (2000)
  • Reading and Writing (2001)
  • Bliss (2003) [10]
  • Uncover Her Face (2005)
  • The Sound of Our Steps (2008)[11]


  • "Weddings and Anti-Weddings", Haaretz, 2008[12]


  1. ^ Myers, Linda (February 19, 2004). "Israeli novelist Ronit Matalon speaks Feb. 23 on writing, Middle East". Cornell Chronicle. 
  2. ^ "Ronit Matalon". The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature. 
  3. ^ Galili, Lily (Sep 29, 2003). "Writers demand probe into civilian deaths during Gaza strike". 
  4. ^ Matalon and Stav win Bernstein Prize The Jerusalem Post, 16 July 2009
  5. ^ Forget Sapir. Give her the Bernstein Haaretz, 16 July 2009
  6. ^ Yudelevitch, Meirav (March 14, 2010). "Neuman Prize for Literature to Ronit Matalon" (in Hebrew). Ynet. 
  7. ^ "Hebrew U. honorary doctorate recipients include Dorit Beinisch, Dr. Marcos Aguinis, Evgeny Kissin". The dept. of Media Relations, Hebrew University. 
  8. ^ Yudelevitch, Merav (May 24, 2010). "Honorary PhD to Ronit Matalon" (in Hebrew). Ynet. 
  9. ^ "Author Ronit Matalon, EMET Prize laureate 2016 in the Culture category, field of Hebrew Literature" (in Hebrew). The EMET Prize official website. 
  10. ^ Matalon, Ronit. "Bliss: A Novel". Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  11. ^ Laor, Yitzhak (May 2, 2008). "A beautiful bildungsroman".  and Balint, Benjamin (August 13, 2015). "A Drama of Dislocation". 
  12. ^