Pinchas Sadeh, also Pinhas Sadeh, (Hebrew: פנחס שדה‎‎, born in Lemberg, Poland 1929, died January 30, 1994, in Jerusalem, Israel) was a Polish-born Israeli novelist and poet.[1][2][3][4]


Pinhas Feldman (later Sadeh) was born in Galicia (then part of Poland).[1] His family immigrated to Mandatory Palestine in 1934, settling in Tel Aviv.[1] He lived and studied in Kibbutz Sarid. Later, he studied in England.[5] Sadeh worked as a shepherd at Kibbutz Kinneret. There he met Yael Sacks, whom he married in 1956 but the union lasted only three months. In 1962-1969, he was married to Yehudit.[6]He began publishing his work in 1945.[7]

Sadeh died in Jerusalem at the age of 64.[1][8]

Literary career

Sadeh's literary output consisted of six collections of verse, two novels, a novella, four books of essays, a children`s book and a collection of Hassidic folktales. Sadeh's work addressed elementary existential issues. He spoke of his writing as "theological" and a "moral act." [9]His first poem translated into English, "Proverbs of the Virgins," appeared in Commentary magazine in August 1950.[10] His collections of poetry included Burden of Dumah.[1] His novels included One Man's Condition and Death of Avimelech.[1] He also wrote an autobiographical account of his early life (up to age 27), Life as a Parable. Life as a Parable became his most celebrated work. According to one literary critic, it "expressed a 'yearning for religiosity' in a country that sanctified secularism."[11]

Sade also wrote comic books, which he signed with a pseudonym.[12]He was the author of most of the comics published in Haaretz Shelanu, a children's magazine, using the name "Yariv Amazya." Many of his comics were science-fiction based.[13]

Awards and recognition

Memorial plaque for Pinchas Sadeh

Sadeh won the 1990 Bialik Prize for Literature, jointly with T. Carmi and Natan Yonatan.[14]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Pinchas Sadeh; Novelist, 64". The New York Times. January 30, 1994. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ Jeff Green (March 5, 1993). "Reading From Right To Left". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ Rochelle Furstenberg (March 26, 1992). "His Father's Son". The Jerusalem Report. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ Literary review. 1982. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ Hebrew book review. Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature. 1965. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  6. ^ The life and loves of writer Pinhas Sadeh
  7. ^ The life and loves of Writer Pinhas Sadeh
  8. ^ "Israeli poet, novelist dies". Times Daily. January 30, 1994. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature: Pinchas Sade
  10. ^ Out of Israel: The Odyssey of Pinhas Sadeh
  11. ^ The life and loves of Writer Pinhas Sadeh
  12. ^ Moori, Uri Moori, Jerusalem Post
  13. ^ Hebrew Comics: A History
  14. ^ Fred Skolnik, Michael Berenbaum (2007). Encyclopaedia Judaica: Ra-Sam. Retrieved July 29, 2011.