|Mirie Litvak | Writer & Translator|
Creativity Prize for Hebrew Writers,
The Prime Ministers Fund for Prizes in Honor of the Late Levi Eshkol.
Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, Cultural Section,
Department of Literature
Mirie Litvak, a native of Russia, a graduate of the theater department at the Sorbonne, writes Hebrew which is rich, emotive and exact, not “a virtuosity on crutches.” Her short story collection, Russian Women Sleep Naked, (Sifriat HaPoalim) and her novels, Sun Behind You, and Longing for the Dark (HaKibbutz HaMeuchad). While bearing the welcome influences of the great Russian and French literatures, they are Israeli and above all personal. Particularly powerful are her writings on the relationships between women and men; they are sensitive, accurate, and so rich in variation that wondrously the body becomes something beyond body without losing its physicality. For all this, the judges decided to award Mirie Litvak the Prime Minister’s Prize for Literature for 2006.