Shammai Golan 



Shammai Golan was born in Poland in 1933. He spent World War II under Nazi occupation and in Siberia. After the death of his parents, he was placed in an orphanage and immigrated illegally to pre-state Israel in 1947.

Golan studied literature and history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Later, he taught literature, ran the Hebrew Writers` House in Jerusalem, and served as cultural attache in Mexico and Moscow. Shammai Golan was also chairman of the Hebrew Writers` Association.
Golan writes for both adults and youth; he has published four novels, three collections of short stories, two books for youth and a collection of essays. His work has been adapted for radio and produced on stage
Books Published in Hebrew   ♦

The Last Watch (youth), Massada, 1963 [Be-Ashmoret Aharonah]
Guilty (youth), Massada, 1968 [Ashamim]
The Death of Uri Peled (novel), Am Oved, 1971 [Moto Shel Uri Peled]
And If You Must Love (novel), Zmora-Bitan/Kinneret/Dvir, 2008 [Ve-Im Ata Muchrach Leehov]

Short Stories
Escape for Short Distances (stories), Massada, 1975 [Brihot Le-Merhakim Ketzarim]
The Ambush (stories), Tarmil, 1983 [Ha-Maarav]
Canopy (stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1984; 1991 [Hupah]

An Anthology
The Holocaust

My Travels with Books, Astrolog, 2005 [Masotai Im Sfarim]
If You Must Create, Literary Criticism on Shammai Golan prose, Hedim, 2013 

Three and One

A play
The Disappearance
Books in Translation   ♦ 
The Death of Uri Peled
English: Tel aviv, Astrolog Publishing House 2017
Russian: Moscow, Olymp, 1998
Polish: CraCow, Ambrozja, 1998

Escape for Short Distances
English: Tel aviv, Astrolog Publishing House 2016

German: Frankfurt am Main, Alibaba, 1997; in paperback: Munich, Omnibus, 1999

Russian: Moscow, Olymp, 1996

Selected stories
Spanish: Mexico D.F., Costa-Amic, 1985
Russian: Moscow, Olymp, 1999

The Last Watch
Russian: Moscow/Tel-Aviv, Kniga, 2006

Manuscripts available (for publishers only) in English translation
The Death of Uri Peled
Escape for Short Distances
      Awards  ♦
Shammai Golan has been awarded the ACUM  Prize for Children`s Literature 1966
AgnonPrize 1976
Tel Aviv Foundation Award 1982
Prime Minister`s Prize 1992
Cheno Prize Mexico and the Zionist Federation Award 2006
Jewish Writers Award Notable 2010


שמאי גולן

Photo by: Arie Shteren, Ramat HaKovesh, Israel

Hebrew Writers Association in Israel

Shamai Golan

Tel Aviv