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The novelist Ronit Matalon denounced in the media the occupation by Israel of the west bank.
The novelist Ronit Matalon, a major figure in the literature of israel, known for its freedom of tone and its radical formal, died Thursday morning at the age of 58 years died of cancer, has announced the daily Haaretz,for which she had worked for several years. On the eve of his disappearance, his daughter Tayla received in his name the famous price Brenner of the Association of Hebrew writers for his latest novel And the Flange Closed the Door.
Born in 1959 in Ganei Tikva, not far from Tel-Aviv, Ronit Matalon was the daughter of egyptian immigrants who arrived in 1949, following the creation of the State of Israel. After a few years, his father, Felix, of aristocratic origin, abandoned the family before his birth, not wanting to live in Israel as a jewish oriental marginalized by the Ashkenazi, who were by then the political and economic life of the country, according to the american magazine World Literature Today, which interviewed the author of an israeli in 2015. “It was a fey about the illness of israeli society and its nationalism deadly, this machine to exclude everything that is related to the arab culture “, she said also to his father during a meeting with The World in August 2012. Her mother, Ama, born into a wealthy family in Cairo, has worked as housekeeper to meet the needs of her three children and her own mother. In it, they spoke Arabic, French and Hebrew. They lived in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Petah Tikva, near Tel Aviv.
The more faithful to my memory
In his most autobiographical novel, the first translated into French by Rosie Pinhas-Delpuech, The sound of our steps (Inventory, ” Cosmopolitan “, 2012), she tells the story of a behind closed doors of a family of jewish immigrants, egyptians in ” the hut “, a sort of prefab in the distant suburb of Tel Aviv, among the brambles and the sand, well after the bus terminus. Everything is seen at the height of the child, and, therefore, without trial political, sociological or psychological, to show the difficulties of integration in Israel of a jewish family in egypt. The noise of our footsteps, released in 2008 in Israel, comprised of chapters short for steep, has been awarded the prize Bernstein 2009 for the best original novel, and of the prix Alberto-Benveniste 2013. “I tried to be as faithful to my memory,” she said, in World Literature Today. It is for this reason that the novel is so fragmented. “
It is up to 18 years when diagnosed with a tumor in the lung which forced him to stay bedridden for many months, as Ronit Matalon began to write. She wrote her first novel while studying literature and philosophy at the Tel-Aviv University, and then became a television journalist before joining the daily newspaper Haaretz, covering the west bank and Gaza from 1986 to 1993 during the first intifada. In 1992, she published her first book, Strangers at Home, followed in 1994 a book for the youth, A Story that Begins with a Snake”s Funeral, which will be adapted to the screen. She continues to publish while teaching comparative literature and Hebrew at the University of Haifa and screenwriting at the prestigious film school Sam Spiegel in Jerusalem. In 2000 seems Sarah Sarah, on the fate of the palestinian people, built in a flash-back. In 2012, she wrote A Romance in Letters with Ariel Hirschfeld, partner since 2012. And then get a room, Girls Who Walk in their Sleep (2015), and his last book, And the Bride Closed the Door (2016). In it, her character Margie refuses to leave his room on the day of her wedding, saying only, ” no “, to the despair helpless of his relatives. The book takes a look burlesque on israeli society, contemporary.
Voices in feminist and eastern
His first novel, published in Tel Aviv in 1995, the face on the photo, has been translated by Actes Sud in 2015. It revolves around a stay that the narrator, Esther, 19 years, in Cameroon, in the land of uncle Cicurel, the brother of his mother. He has never lived in Israel, went directly from Egypt to French-speaking Africa. The book is full of pictures of his family, inserted at the beginning of each chapter : the uncle Cicurel in Brazzaville, congo, in 1955, the grand-father Jaco at the train station in Cairo in 1946, the mother in the garden of Tel-Aviv… ” The narrator describes the pictures as in the past to her blind grandmother. The writing of Ronit Matalon is accurate and sensitive, it mixes inextricably the intimate and what is a matter of collective destiny, ” wrote Liberation, the release of the book.
Known as a voice in feminist and eastern important in Hebrew literature, contemporary, and a social and political activist, Ronit Matalon denounced in the media the occupation by Israel of the west bank. After an interview at the World in January 2016, she had been the target of criticism in his country after he claimed : “We live today under a regime of apartheid. How to qualify it otherwise when we build roads reserved for jews ? Nothing that is happening today was absent at the origin of the State of Israel in 1948. There has always been a struggle about the identity of this country. In its DNA, and Israel makes me think of the corporate fundamentalists. “