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Ronit Matalon

Fiction writer

Tel Aviv University

Dreams of Innocence

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


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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. She is a resident of Tel Aviv and teaches literature at the University of Haifa. She also taught at the Camera Obscura school for the arts in Tel Aviv.

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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.

Awards and honors

  • 2009 - Bernstein Prize (original Hebrew novel category), for her novel "The Sound of Our Steps".
  • 2010 - Neuman prize, a literary prize given by Bar-Ilan University.
  • 2010 - Honorary Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on June 6, 2010 for her contributions to literature and for her social activism.
  • 2016 The EMET Prize for Art, Science and Culture (in Hebrew literature)
  • Novels

  • 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)
  • Uncover Her Face (2005)
  • The Sound of Our Steps (2008)
  • Articles

  • "Weddings and Anti-Weddings", Haaretz, 2008
  • References

    Ronit Matalon Wikipedia