On Tuesday evening in Rosh HaAyin, the ceremony of awarding the literary prize to them. Sapir for 2021. Ila became the winner.
Blum with the novel How to Love Your Daughter. The debutant competition was won by Romit Samson with the book Back Kitchen.
The novel How to Love Your Daughter It opens with a scene in which a woman sees in the window the family of her daughter, from whom she has been apart for many years.
This look is conveyed to the reader from behind the glass at the space where “ noise is separated from light. '' The novel tells about a female family dynasty, about distance and closeness, and is written in a restrained, precise, sensitive and devoid of pathos language. This is a fresh and bold take on motherhood and
relationship between daughter and mother. Ila Blum exquisitely, skillfully and in a new way speaks about love and the suffering associated with it, as well as about creation and destruction, which sometimes cannot be divided.
Photo from left to right: Minister of Culture and Sports Healy Tropper, winner of the literary award “ Mifal HaPais '' them. Sapira for 2021 Ila Blum, Chairman of the Board of Mifal HaPais Avigdor Yitzhaki.
The winner received a grant of 150 thousand shekels, her book will be translated and published in Arabic and another foreign language of her choice. In addition, Mifal Ha-Pais will buy 500 books by five shortlisted authors, as well as winners of the debut competition, and donate them to public libraries across the country.
Romit Samson, attorney and legal advisor for the municipality of Netanya, has written the history of the coastal Israeli town and its people.
Israel's obsession with real estate deals, squabbles in the corridors of local government, bureaucratic swamps and secrets that may surface during the relentlessly impending elections – this is the setting in which the characters of Samson's debut novel live. For the best debut of the year, the writer received a prize of 75 thousand shekels.
Photo from left to right: Minister of Culture and Sports Healy Tropper, winner of the debut award Mifal HaPais for 2021 Romit Samson, Chairman of the Board of Mifal HaPais Avigdor Yitzhaki.
The awards ceremony was held in the presence of Healy Tropper, Minister of Culture and Sports, and Mifal HaPais, Chairman of the Board. Avigdor Yitzhaki. The jury for the current award was headed by retired Air Force Major General and writer Giora Romm.
Avigdor Itskhaki: Mifal HaPais; is proud to present the Sapir Prize in Literature for over 20 years. Last year, we had to hold a remote ceremony, and I am happy that now we were able to get together to celebrate the fertility of Israeli literature together. Mifal HaPais will continue to sponsor this award for many more years. ”
Healy Tropper:“ Congratulations to the winners of the Sapir Prize for Hebrew Literature. Despite the problems that the whole world, including the literary world, has experienced over the past year, Israeli literature continues to bring a great harvest. You create worlds of words, filled with sensuality, sensitivity and humanity. Special thanks go to Mifal HaPais, which continues to promote Israeli literature and make it the center of Israeli cultural life. ''
* Photo: Sivan Faraj