Jerusalem, Dec 28 (AFP) Renowned novelist Ronit Matalon, known for her explorations of Israeli society, died today at the age of 58 after battling cancer, media reports and officials said. Also Read - Mossad Killed Iranian Nuclear Scientist Using A One-Ton Automated Gun: Report | Video

President Reuven Rivlin mourned her death and called her a “marvellous author whose original and determined voice contributed to Israeli culture”. Also Read - Over 12,000 People Test Positive for COVID-19 in Israel after Receiving Pfizer Vaccine

Matalon’s work has been translated into several languages, including English and French. Also Read - Israeli Rabbi Makes Bizarre Claim, Tells His Followers That COVID-19 Vaccine Will Turn People Gay

Born in Israel in 1959 to a family of Egyptian origin, she worked as a journalist for Israeli newspaper Haaretz and was also known for her criticism of her country’s occupation of the West Bank.

She won a number of awards, including Israel’s prestigious Bernstein Prize in 2009 for her novel “The Sound of Our Steps”.

The semi-autobiographical book told of the difficulties of a Jewish family from Egypt seeking to integrate into Israeli society.

In 2016, she received criticism from the right in Israel when she criticised the occupation in an interview with French newspaper Le Monde, saying “we are living under an apartheid regime”.(AFP)

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.