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Meir Shalev, one of Israel's most celebrated novelists, was born in 1948 on Nahalal, the country's first moshav. He is the author of seven novels, two books of biblical study, and almost a dozen books for children. His books have been translated into over 22 languages and have been bestsellers in Israel, Holland, Germany and Russia. Shalev is the recipient of the Prime Minister's Prize (Israel), the Chiavari (Italy), the Juliet Club Prize (Italy) the Entymological Prize (Israel), the National Jewish Book Award (USA), the WIZO Prize in France, Israel and Italy, the Pratt Foundation Prize for the support of Environmental Protection, and the Brenner Prize of 2006 -- the highest Israeli literary recognition, for A Pigeon and a Boy. He has also been decorated as Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture (2014). Shalev, a columnist for the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot, lives in the Galilee.
Meir Shalev is the recipient of The Prime Minister’s Prize (Israel), The Chiavari (Italy), The Juliet Club Prize (Italy), The Entholomogical Prize (Israel), The Wizo Prize in France, Israel and Italy, The Brenner Prize of 2006-- the highest Israeli literary recognition awarded for his novel, A PIGEON AND A BOY.