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Shimon Adaf (1972), the son of Moroccan immigrants, was born and raised in Sderot, a development town in southern Israel. He is the author of three books of poetry and six novels, of which NUNTIA, MOX NOX and DE URBIBUS INFENIS (all three published by Kinneret-Zmora- Bitan) belong to a thematic trilogy dealing with the clash between Jewish and world culture. He has been an editor for Keter Books and teaches Literature and Creative Writing at Ben Gurion University. Adaf received the Ministry of Education's Award (1997), the 2007 Prime Minister’s prize for Hebrew Writers and the prestigious Yehuda Amichai Award for Poetry, in addition to 2012 Sapir Prize for MOX NOX.
“Shimon Adaf's voice is one of the most interesting and original voices in contemporary Israeli literature. Both as a poet and as a prose writer he excels in rich, fascinating imagination, in musical qualities and in a unique concept of reality. I regard Adaf as an excellent poet and writer.” – Amos Oz