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Dr. Hila Amit

ABOUT

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Dr. Hila Amit is an award-winning author. She studied creative writing at the Tel -Aviv University and holds a PhD in the field of Gender Studies from SOAS, University of London.

Hila Amit’s fiction & creative non-fiction appeared in Lilith, Jalta, Emrys Journal, The Washington Square Review, The Sycamore Review, Granta and several prominent Israeli literary journals. Her story, 'The Kinneret', was selected for the Sue Lile Inman Fiction Prize. She received fellowships from The Vermont Studio Center, the McDowell Colony, Ragdale and the Bogliasco Foundation.

Her short stories collection, Moving On From Bliss (Tel-Aviv: Am Oved, 2016), was awarded the Israeli Ministry of Culture Prize for Debut Authors, and was selected as one of the 10 best literary works in Hebrew for the years 2010-2020.

Her non-fiction book, A Queer Way Out – The Politics of Queer Emigration from Israel (Albany: SUNY, 2018) was awarded the AMEWS (Association of Middle East Women's Studies) 2019 Book Award.

In 2014 she established the International Hebrew School, through which she aims to advance Hebrew learning using a queer, feministic and pluralistic method.

Her Hebrew learning book, Hebrew For All (עברית לכולן) was published in English and German in 2021.

Her novel, The Lower City, was published in Hebrew in 2022 (Tel-Aviv: Am Oved).

ABOUT
FICTION

FICTION

An Israeli novelist and essayist living in Berlin, I write about queerness, gender, sexuality, and the complex relations between Israeli Jews and Palestinians. In Moving on from Bliss, my 2016 short story collection, characters long for a home they’re incapable of creating. My 2022 novel, The Town Below, shatters restrictive constructs of gender, sexuality, race, national identity, and other forms of “otherness.” 

In my current work I aspire to explore models of non-biological kinship which undermine both national and heteronormative narratives. My fiction employs insight into my own lived experiences to shed light on essential social and geopolitical issues at the juncture of queerness, national belonging, and kinship. 

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Short Stories

Am Oved, 2016.

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שיחה ושינוי
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HEBREW TEACHING

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Dr. Amit’s approach to the teaching of a language is based on feminist and queer perspectives, which reflect both the topics being studied, the presentation of the material and the vocabulary being taught. In 2014 she has established the International Hebrew School.
 
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Hebräisch für Alle- The German Volume (Münster:Edition Assemblage, 2020)
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Hebrew For All -  The first queer feminist
Hebrew learning book (Haifa: Pardes, 2020)
HEBREW TEACHING

IN THE PRESS

Vigorously written, with a delicate and precise hand and a rare combination of wit and compassion.

Author Amos Oz

The main strength of the book is the ability to undermine stigmas and prejudices and to undo the process of marking people as “the other.” Amit writes differently about “different” people … Amit’s prose is endowed with restraint, quietness, empathy, much delicacy and a minimalist style … The last story in the book is the loveliest, most complete and most melancholic in the collection … Moving on from Bliss is characterized by a unique and beautiful voice … by the courage to write political-social literature without compromise or fawning, by a humanistic methodology.

Vered Lee, Haaretz

The trials faced by the characters are serious, and gradually become more serious as the book unfolds. At times, good literature is literature that focuses on critical decisions … It’s been years since I read a book that has a title that is so intriguing, so different … For Hila Amit, to move on from bliss means emptiness and loss. But, for her moving on from bliss also means nobility

Nissim Calderon, Odot

In order to explain the satisfaction this short book elicits; the pleasantly tearful throbs that occur at a frequency of once or twice during almost all of the stories that it contains; the response of a number of characters on the brink of despair and grief to Hila Amit’s firm but not aggressive treatment – in order to explain all of these, one must go back to the misleading first impression given by the encounter with her first book Moving on from Bliss ... Unlike the masochistic, traumatized approach that has gradually become the trademark of Israeli literature … Amit finds different ways, some of them simple and very effective, to rein in tragedy and the cheap handling of heartache … Nothing here is bombastic or self-satisfied. The characters themselves control the situations, playing gently with the permissible and the forbidden … An empathetic, measured connection is created between the reader and the stories

Yoni Livneh, Yedioth Ahronoth

It’s been ages since I read such a good and promising first book … Like in real literature, the stylistic implement is suited to the author’s goals … I do not have words of my own to describe the delicacy, and the richness, and the beauty.

Nissim Calderon, Walla

A lovely collection … Gentle, sensitive prose about life.

Karin Michaeli, At

גיבורי הספר הזה הם מי שההגמוניה הישראלית סימנה כ"אחר", ויופיו טמון בכך שהוא לא מניף דגלים, אלא חותר תחת הדעות הקדומות בכוחה של האנושיות

קובץ הסיפורים של הילה עמית הוא מצרך נדיר בספרות העברית.

בספרה הראשון ברור שהסופרת הילה עמית לא מעוניינת לערפל. היא לא מעוניינת להכות מסביב לצמח. היא הולכת בעברית הישירה ביותר אל לב הצמח, אל לב ההחלטה. והחלטות הן בדיוק הדבר המרכזי בספר הנהדר הזה.

ספרים מומלצים שיעבירו לך את הקיץ לאט ובטוח.

ראיון לעיתון הארץ על הרומן "עיר תחתית"
רונן טל

עיר תחתית - משולש  יהודי ערבי של לסבית וזוג הומואים
עמרי הרצוג

IN THE GERMAN PRESS

Die Nahost Union ist Hier

„Wir wollten keinen weißen deutschen Mann, der uns die Situation in Nahost erklärt“

Die Gewinner des Schreibwettbewerbs »L’Chaim« stehen fest

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PAST EVENTS

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PARATAXE Symposium XIV: Hebräisch? Jiddisch? Berlin? – die hebräischen und jiddischen Autor*innen Berlins

April 13, 2024, 1:30 PM

Maschinenhaus (Kulturbrauerei)

Knaackstraße 97, 10435 Berlin

Book Launch "The Lower City"

October 30th, Tel Aviv Museum


 

TRANSITION- Festival jüdischer Gegenwartskünste June 2021

Berlin

(Reading from The Lower City"

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NahostBerlin - die literarische Middle East Union, PARATAXE Symposium VII, Literarisches Colloquium Berlin November 2020

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Queer Israelis in Berlin: Belonging, Resistance and the Politics of Emigration, ICI - Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry September 2018

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