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Interview on German TV: 3SAT’s Kulturzeit about The Hilltop. by Andrea Kasiske. Watch video (German) >>>
Interview by Susanne Lettenbauer on Austrian national radio ORF. Listen (German) >>>
The Hilltop is one of twelve novels listed on the longlist of the Sapir Prize, Israel’s equivalent of the Booker. The shortlist will be announced on November 25th, and the winner on February 5th, 2014.
Review of the Hilltop in the Koelner Stadt-Zeitung, by Martin Oehlen. Read review (German) >>>
The Foot and Mouth announced details of their new album, to be titled Under and released in December 2013. The band will reissue their four previous albums in digital form on bandcamp.com throughput the month of November. New Facebook page … Get to know more
Interview and story on Italian TV’s RAI2, on Hydromania Watch video >>>
This infoscreen video ad for The Hilltop will appear on screens in trains and train stations across Austria between 18-24 November. View video >>>
The Hilltop won the Bernstein Literary Prize for 2013. From the jury’s decision: “In what was far from an obvious move, Gavron chose to… write a novel of great breadth, attempting to tackle the fundamental questions of the State of … Get to know more
“The Israeli writer Assaf Gavron straddles the deathly funny and deathly serious. In his novel Almost Dead, a man survives multiple suicide-bomb attacks and inadvertently becomes a national hero. His clever and subversive work, Eating Standing Up, focuses on an even more volatile target: falafel stands.” … Get to know more
“This capacity for unconditional openness and thoughtful, ironic narration, makes him the most interesting political writer in his country” Review of “The Hilltop” in Der Tagesspiegel, Germany. Read full review (German) >>>
Interview about The Hilltop by Claudia Kuhener in Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger (German):
I will have two readings this weekend as part of the Israeli Literature Festival in Zurich, Switzerland, and Hohenems, Austria: Saturday 28 September, 20:00, Literaturhaus Zurich >>> Sunday 29 September, 16:30, Jewish Museum, Hohenems >>> Preview in juedische-allgemeine >>> Article … Get to know more
Interview by Andreas Schneitter for Swiss newspaper Tages Woch. Read article (German) >>>
The Hilltop is out today in German in Luchterhand / Random House. Page on the publisher’s website: >>> Page on Amazon: >>>
“The novel can be read in two very different ways, which, nonetheless, share points of contact. Gavron’s novel could be seen on the one hand as being a social-political tale, and on the other as emphasizing the human and moral … Get to know more
My father always told me, “as long as they spell your name right, it doesn’t matter what they write.” Well, they didn’t spell my name right, but this is apparently a very good review of The Hilltop in the newspaper … Get to know more
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“Whenever the wind blows—and it usually does—it sounds like ping-pong. The thin, hollow plastic ball hitting the green varnished hardboard table, and the ropes whipping the thick, synthetic, polyester fabric as it waves around in the … Get to know more
“Original and clever, “Hydromania” interprets the fears that we do not even want to admit to ourselves; the books that scare us most, are those that describe an imagined world all too real and possible.” Review of Hydromania in Italian … Get to know more
Interview by Alessandra Tedesco on the Radio24 radio station in Italy. Listen to the interview >>>
“Gavron is a truly original writer, among the most innovative voices in the Middle eastern literary scene”. Review of Hydromania in the Italian daily, La Nazione.
“Among the glowing reviews garnered by Assaf Gavron’s latest novel, The Hilltop, earlier this year, was a wry comment that the book had been written virtually ready for translation. Shortly after that review appeared, the Israeli literary community began buzzing with … Get to know more
Here are details of the first event promoting The Hilltop outside Israel – a reading in the literaturhaus in Zurich on 27th September, part of an Israeli literature festival. The following day there will be a reading in the Jewish … Get to know more
For three weeks, in July-August, a food-truck roamed the streets of Jerusalem, serving varying dishes from changing guests in different neighborhoods of the city, as part of a co-production of the Jerusalem Season of Culture and the chef Asaf Granit … Get to know more
WUZ, the biggest Italian Books website, has selected Hydromania as one of its “20 Great Reads for the Summer”. Read full list >>>
“This is a beautiful discovery of a new book by Assaf Gavron. A great find. It is hard to find in contemporary Israeli literature a work which fits in the dystopian genre, with such a quality of writing and a … Get to know more
I will be appearing on Tuesday, July 23rd, 21:30 in conversation with Gigi Riva. The event is part of the International Festival of Hebrew Literature and Culture in Rome, and coincides with the publication of Hydromania in Italian. Full schedule … Get to know more
Hydromania was Book of the Day on the literary radio show “Farenheit”, on Italian RAI3 radio station. We went over and made an interview. Listen online or download podcast (Italian) >>>
Another great review of the Italian edition of Hydromania in La Stampa. Written by Elena Loewenthal. Read full review (Italian) >>>
An apparently positive review of Hydromania’s Italian edition, by Michele De Mieri, in Italian daily’s Il sole24ore’s Sunday Culture supplement. Read the review (Italian) >>>
An article in La Repubblica, Italy, by Marco mathieu, about the current generation of Israeli writers and about the Israel writers football team, which lost to Italy in the final of the Haifa International Tournament in June, 4:1. … Get to know more
Interview about Hydromania and life, by Lara Crino in Italian weekend magazine, Il Venerdi. Read article (Italian) >>>
Hydromania is published this week in Italy, as Idromania, in La Giuntina publishers. Publisher’s page >>> Buy online >>> Cover design: Ada Rothenberg.
Swedish author and journalist Fredrik Ekelund, who was in Israel for the Writers International Football tournament in Haifa in June, interviewed me for Sydsvenskan, the biggest newspaper in the south of Sweden. Read the article (Swedish) >>>
The Hilltop features in the Haaretz Books Supplement summer reading supplement: Settling for more Liat Elkayam recommends ‘The Hilltop,’ for a holiday in Sinai As someone who goes on vacation mainly to read books, over the years I’ve … Get to know more
Events and signing during Book Week: Wednesday, 5/6/13, 18:00: Signing The Hilltop in the Books in the Attic / Yediot Sfarim area, Rabin Square, Tel Aviv. Thursday, 6/6/13, 19:30: “Extras” in Bookworm bookshop, Maze Street, Tel Aviv. Details >>> Sunday, … Get to know more
“In some Tolstoynian manner, the situation itself is the protagonist of the novel; human agents serve as window dressing. Oddly, the novel describes these settlers in a way similar to Tolstoy’s descriptions of the nobility: as agents of history, with … Get to know more
My debut novel, “ice”, originally published in 1997 and unavailable in print for some years, is now out in a new, enhanced digital edition. The edition can be downloaded and read on any tablet or smartphone (Hebrew only), and is … Get to know more
Translation rights for The Hilltop were also sold to Natur och Kultur in Sweden after auction, and to publisher of CrocAttack Rivages in France, also after auction.
North American rights for The Hilltop were sold to Paul Whitlatch at Scribner Books, the excellent publisher of Don Delillo, Stephen King and many others, a division of Simon & Schuster.
The Hilltop will be published in The Netherlands by Nieuw Amsterdam and in Italy by La Giuntina. This adds to sales to Random House / luchterhand in Germany (to be published September 2013, and Books in the Attic in Israel … Get to know more
An interview by Alexis Brunet in the French blog La Cause Litteraire. Read interview >>>
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Not sure when Assaf Gavron’s The Hilltop is due out in English but when it’s translated, make sure to read the only decent novel on settlers — Anshel Pfeffer (@AnshelPfeffer) March 26, 2013
Selected in Time Out Tel Aviv’s “Sexiest People in Town” issue.
Reading from the first chapter of CrocAttack / Almost Dead, for the CultureBuzz project.
Interview about the new buses for Palestinian workers in the West Bank. Written by Alessandra Baduel. Read Article >>>
Some translated excerpts from reviews of The Hilltop in the Israeli press (for a wider list, please see The Hilltop page in this website): “An intense, funny and violent novel… a wonderful book… Gavron’s Magnum Opus, written with the pretension … Get to know more
The Hilltop goes up to no. 6 in the Haaretz independent book stores bestsellers list.