MATALON, RONIT (1959– ), Israeli writer. Born to Egyptian-Jewish parents in a new immigrant town near Tel Aviv, Matalon later studied literature and philosophy at Tel Aviv University. She worked as a journalist at Israeli Television and the daily Haaretz. Matalon was a member of staff at the Camera Obscura School of Arts in Tel Aviv. Her first publication was a book for children, Sippur she-Matḥil be-Levayah shel Naḥash ("A Story Which Begins with a Snake's Funeral," German 1999). Following her first collection of stories, Zarim ba-Bayit ("Strangers in the House," 1992), she published her novel Ze im ha-Panim Elenu ("The One Facing Us," 1998), a complex, post-modernistic family saga, coalescing text and photo material, foregrounding feminine as well as ethnic concerns. Her second novel Sarah Sarah was translated into English in 2003.


L. Rattok, "My Gaze Was All I Had: The Problem of Representation in the Works of Ronit Matalon," in: Israel Social Science Research, 12, 1 (1997), 44–55; D. Abramovich, "Reviving the Israeli Roots Novel," in: Australian Journal of Jewish Studies, 15 (2001), 89–103; idem, "Ronit Matalon's Ethnic Masterpiece," in: Women in Judaism, 3:2 (2003).

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