Yishai Sarid

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Yishai Sarid
ישי שריד
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Tel Aviv, Israel
OccupationLawyer, writer, novelist, and journalist
Notable worksLimassol, The Third, The Memory Monster
Notable awardsBest international crime novel 2011 at the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière for Limassol. nominated for 2012 International Dublin Literary Award, SNCF Literary Award 2011, all for Limassol. 2016 Bernstein literary prize for The Third

Yishai Sarid (Hebrew: ישי שריד‎) is an Israeli author, novelist and lawyer. His second book, Limassol, became an international best-seller.[1] His fourth book, The Third, became a major subject of public and literary discussion in Israel and won the Bernstein literary award. Sarid works full-time as an attorney, formerly as a public prosecutor and now privately.[2]


Sarid was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1965.[2] He is the son of senior politician and journalist Yossi Sarid. Between 1974-1977 he lived with his family in the northern town of Kiryat Shmona, near the Lebanon border. Sarid was recruited to Israeli Army at 1983, and served for 5 years. During his service he finished the IDF's officers school, and served as an intelligence officer. He studied law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.[3] During 1994-1997 He worked for the Government as an Assistant District Attorney in Tel-Aviv, prosecuting criminal cases. Sarid has a Public Administration master's degree (MPA) from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1999). Nowadays he is an active lawyer and arbitrator, practicing mainly civil and administrative law. His Law office is located in Tel-Aviv. Along his Legal career, Sarid writes literature, and so far has published 5 novels. Sarid is married to Dr. Racheli Sion-Sarid, a critical care pediatrician, and they have 3 children.


  • The Investigation of Captain Erez, Yedioth Ahronoth, 2000. It tells the investigation story of an army officer, accused of raping a female soldier.
  • Limassol , Am Oved, 2009. It has been translated to 8 languages, won the Grand Prix de litterature policiere in France (2011) and was shortlisted to the Irish IMPAC prize. It tells the story of a secret service agent, getting involved in a plot with an ailing Palestinian poet from Gaza, his terrorist exiled son, and an Israeli female peace activist.
  • Naomi's Kindergarten, Am Oved, 2013. It was shortlisted to the Sapir literary prize in Israel. It tells the story of one crucial year in the life of a Tel Aviv kindergarten teacher.
  • The Third, Am Oved, 2015. It takes place in the Third Temple which will be built in Jerusalem, after the state of Israel will be replaced by the religious kingdom of Judea. The book became a best seller in Israel and has been a subject to a significant public discussion in Israel, due to its relevance to cultural, political and religious issues that dominate Israel's society. It won the Bernstein literary award. It has been translated to French and Italian.
  • The Memory Monster, Am Oved, 2017, is a fictional report written by a young historian to the chairman of "Yad Vashem", about the way his life were trapped in the memory of the holocaust, during his work as a guide to the sites of the German extermination camps in Poland. it was translated to French, German, Italian, Spanish and Catalan.


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