Shmuel T. Meyer, 64, won the award for And the war is over … (And the war is over …) and will receive the award at a ceremony scheduled for June. He said of this honor: “It is extremely exciting, a once in a lifetime thrill.”
The book, a trilogy of stories about three different people living with emotional wounds related to war, won in the category of best novel.
The first story, The Great European Express (The great European express), takes place in post-war France; the second story, Kibbutz, is linked to Israel’s war of independence; and the third story The great American disaster, takes place in New York with the protagonist a Korean War veteran.
Meyer discovered victory shortly after arriving in Israel to visit family, after being away for so long due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He was born in France in 1957 and raised in Switzerland. He said Haaretz, “My culture is French, my heart is in Switzerland, where I grew up, and I miss the scenery, but my soul is in Israel – I arrived in 1980 and I lived there until 2008. My soul is here.
He has three daughters and five grandchildren who live in Israel.