Michal Govrin is a writer, poet, researcher, and theater director.
Michal Govrin was born in Tel Aviv in 1950, the daughter of an Israeli pioneer father, and a mother who survived the Holocaust. she studied at Tel Aviv University and the University of Paris.
Michal is Married to the mathematician Haim Brezis, and has two daughters, Rachel-Shlomit and Mirika.
She Lives in Jerusalem.
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In English Translation:
"Hold on to the Sun: Stories and Legends (1984)" (Siman Kriaa / Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1984)
"The Name" (HaShem), Novel (Hasifria Hachadasha/ Hakibbutz Hameuchad 1995, and a new edition in 2013 with an afterword by Yehuda Liebes)
"Body of Prayer", with Jacques Derrida and David Shapiro (Dark Red Line / Hakibbutz Hameuchad and Mofet, 2013, a new and expanded version of the English original, The Cooper Union, New York, 2001)
"Snapshots", Novel (Am Oved / Hasifria la'am 2002(
"That Very Hour" Poems, (1981)
"That Night's Seder ", Poemx (Habama, 1989)
"Word's Bodies", Poems (Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1991)
"The Making of the Sea, a Chronicle of Exegesis", with etchings by Liliane Klapisch (Harel 1998, Carmel 2000)
"So Said Jerusalem: Hymns and Poems", with original drawings by Orna Millo (Devar-Yam / Carmel 2008(
"Love on the Shore", Novel (Hakibbutz Hameuchad 2013(
Her poems and stories have been published in anthologies and periodicals in many languages. Michal Govrin's many essays have been published in leading journals and anthologies in Israel, edited by her:
In 2005, Michal Govrin brought her father's book, Pinhas Govrin, "We Were As Dreamers, a Family Saga", (Carmel) to Israel, accompanied by an introduction and appendices.
She founded and edited, with Menahem Lorberbaum, the books of the poetry books series: Devari-m / Carmel
Govrin has directed in all the major theaters in Israel, and is one of the creators of the Jewish experimental theater. Among her directors:
"The Emigrants", Mrozek, translation and direction
"In the Prime of Her Life", adaptation and directing of the story by S. Y. Agnon,
"Mercier and Camier", adaptation and direction of the novel by S. Beckett (World Premiere)
"The Workshop", by G. K. Gramber, translation and direction
"Happy Days", by S. Beckett, Director
"The Tainted Grain", a stage adaptation of the stories of Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav
"This Order of the Night", a stage adaptation of the Jewish calendar
"Gog and Magog", a stage adaptation of the novel by M. Buber
Research and teaching:
Michal Govrin holds a Ph.D. from the University of Paris in the field of theater and ritual. Her research, "Contemporary Sacred Theater," focuses on the theatrical aspects of the Hassidic ceremony.
She teaches at the "Ofakim" program at Tel Aviv University, served as head of the theater department at Emunah College and taught at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the School of Visual Theater, and was a guest writer at Rutgers University And at the Cooper Union School of Architecture in New York, and lectures extensively in Israel and around the world to a wide audience, conferences and the media.
At the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem, Govrin stood from 2012 to 2015 at the head of the multidisciplinary research group, transferring memory and discussion, which dealt with the essence of Holocaust remembrance in an era where there are no more survivors alive. Upon completion of the research, the group prepared an exhibition entitled What is Memory? Seventy years later. At the head of another team, Govrin wrote a "Haggadah" for the Holocaust Remembrance Day gathering, which is marked by "remembering the responsibility/responsibility to remember." On Holocaust Day 2015, ten pilot gatherings were held, and as of 2016 the conference was organized by the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem A book and families in all shades of Israeli society
"Margalit Prize" for directing "The Immigrants", 1978
"The Rabinovich Foundation Prize for Creativity" for "Ma'ase Hayam, Chronicle of Interpretation" 1988
The novel "HaShem" was awarded to Israel in the 1995 Kugel Prize and translated into English in the 1998 Kurt Kretz Prize for the Jewish Book
"The Prime Minister's Prize for Authors", 2000
"Snapshots" won the "Ashman ACUM Prize" for the best literary achievement of 2003.
In 2010, Govrin was chosen by the Paris Salon du Livre as one of the thirty writers who left a mark on literature's world in the last thirty years
The decoration of the Order of Arts and Literature of France, 2013
"Culture Ministry Award for Translation" for "Love on the Shore", 2015