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Dina Katan Ben-Zion

Dina Katan Ben-Zion

Dina Katan Ben-Zion is a poet, translator and literary scholar. She was born in Yugoslavia in 1937, and immigrated to Israel in 1945. She was educated at Kibbutz Merhavia and attended Gymnasia Rehavia high school in Jerusalem. She is a graduate of Tel Aviv University and holds a PhD in comparative literature from Bar-Ilan University. Katan Ben-Zion researches and lectures on the theoretical legacy in the texts of Jewish authors from the former Yugoslav State. Katan Ben-Zion published six poetry books and three non-fiction books. She has translated novels, short story collections and poems by the most prominent writers of  the former Yugoslav State, who wrote in Serbian and Croatian after the Second World War, including: Ivo Andrić, Danilo Kiš, David Albahari, Aleksandar Tišma, Milorad Pavić, Filip David, Vasko Popa, Ivan V. Lalić, Dubravka Ugrešić and others. In 1990 she won the Ministry of Education and Culture Award for her translations from the Slavic Languages, and in 1994 she received a prize from the Serbia Pen Center. She is a two-time recipient of the Ministry of Education and Culture Award for her translations, awarded in 1994 and in 2015. She resides in Kiryat Ono; she is married and the mother of two.


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