Grigori Kanovich

Kanovich was born into a traditional Jewish family in the Lithuanian town of Jonava in 1929. Together with his parents he fled war-stricken Lithuania and spent years in exile in Kazakhstan and the Ural Mountains. In 1945 the family returned to Vilnius. Here, in 1953, Kanovich graduated from Vilnius State University with a degree in Slavic studies. He has written more than ten novels – a virtual epic saga – dealing with the vicissitudes of the history of Eastern European Jewry from the 19th century to the present day. Kanovich was declaed a citizen of honor (2013) of his home- town Jonava. Between 1989 and 1993 Kanovich served as Chairman of the Jewish Community of Lithuania. Since 1993 the writer has lived in Israel. He is a member of the PEN club in both Israel and Russia. Kanovich is married and has two sons. He lives in Israel.

Awards: 2014 Lithuanian National prize in Art and Culture

Foreign rights:
Germany/ Aufbau, Corso
Lithuania/ Tyto Alba, Lietuvos
Macedonia/ Prozart
Poland/ Fundacja Pogranicze
UK, US/ Noir Press

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