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Story of a foreskin – opinion piece on circumcision for Berliner Zeitung

An opinion piece on circumcision for German newspaper, Berliner Zeitung. Written in preview to my appearance in the German-Israeli Literature Days in Berlin Literaturhaus on April 10th. The theme of the festival is religion and belief. Read full article (German) … Get to know more »

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Hydromania shortlisted for prize in Italy

Hydromania is shortlisted for the ADEI WIZO prize, in the “Young Readers” category. It is competing against an Aharon Apelfeld novel. The winner will be chosen by teenagers from 15 high schools around Italy in May. Story on ADEI WIZO … Get to know more »

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The Mouth and Foot mentioned in The Wire Magazine, UK

The Mouth and foot are mentioned in an article about the tel Aviv alternative music scene, as selected by musician Maya Dunitz: Mouth And Foot are a cult group that play lo-fi experimental pop. They have released a record every … Get to know more »

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Copyright free image

This image can be used for free by anyone. Please credit Fana Feng. Click on image for full resolution.

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Review of The Hilltop – German website

This is a review of The Hilltop In German website Intellectures.de. It written by Maria Hummitzsch, who also moderated my reading event in Leipzig in November 2013. Read review >>>

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Almost Dead out in Bulgarian

The Bulgarian translation of Almost Dead is out, published by Enthusiast this week. Here’s the book page on Enthusiast’s website >>> Buy it here >>>

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Interview in Times of Israel

Interview in the Times of Israel, on The Hilltop, translations and more. Written by Jessica Steinberg. Read article >>>

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Copyright-free photos by Howard Romero

New photos, taken January 2014 in the Vermont Studio Center. The photos are free to use, but please credit the photographer: Howard Romero. For full resolution, click on the photo.              

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Review and interview of The Hilltop in Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung

Review and interview on The Hilltop by Marko Martin in the most important newspaper in Switzerland, Neue Zuercher Zeitung. Read review (German) >>>

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Opinion piece on the Anelka Salute, in Corriere Della Sera

An opinion piece I wrote for the Corriere Della Sera daily newspaper in Italy, about footballer Nicolas Anelka’s racist salute in a football match in the English Premier League. Read the article (Italian) >>>

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Interview on Hydromania in Italian newspaper il Giornale

An interview on Hydromania by Boris Solazzo in Italian newspaper il Giornale. Read article (Italian) >>>

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Interview and review of The Hilltop in n-tv, Germany

Interview and review of the hilltop, by Samira Lazarovic, for German n-tv website. Read article >>>

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Mouth & Foot Interview in Haaretz, for the release of new album, Under

Interview in Haaretz cultural section, Gallery, by Moshe Kutner. Read the article (Hebrew) >>>

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Interview about The Hilltop in Deutsche Welle, Germany

Interview and article in the Deutsche Welle website, by Andrea Kasiske. This is the text version of the TV story broadcast on 3SAT Kulturzeit last month. Read the article (German) >>>

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Croc Attack in Holiday recommendation list by leading Greek newspaper

Croc Attack is in the list of 100 recommended readings for the holiday season by the leading Greek newspaper Tovima. The book is one of 8 books on the “political” section, alongside Mario Vargas Llosa and E.L. Doctorow. Read the … Get to know more »

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Interview about Croc Attack in Omogeneia, Greece

Interview in Greek newspaper. Read article (Greek) >>>

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Interview about Croc Attack in LIFO Magazine, Greece

Interview about the Greek edition of Croc Attack in LIFO Magazine, Greece. Read article >>>

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Review of Croc Attack in Greek e-magazine

Here’s a review of Croc Attack in Greek e-magazine Diastixo. Read review (Greek) >>>

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Selected by JO LEE Magazine, Canada, as one of 16 “World’s Top Authors”

Canadian magazine JO LEE selected 16 World’s Top Authors from countries around the world, and I am the Israeli selection. Read story >>>

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Presentation text for Croc Attack in Thessaloniki

This is the wonderful presentation to Croc Attack in the novel’s launch event in the Public book store in Thessaloniki, written and presented by the Greek Bestselling, Salonikian author, Isidoros Zourgos. Translated from Greek to English by Christina Theochari. Ladies … Get to know more »

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Event in Athens, Greece

\ Launch event for Croc Attack Greek edition in the Polis Cafe, Athens. Presenter: Jean Cohen; Presenter: Kostas.

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Croc Attack published in Greek!

Croc Attack is published in a Greek edition. Translated from English by Christina Theochari. Buy >>> (Apparently they have copies I signed in my recent visit to Athens)      

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Interview about The Hilltop in Austrian magazine, Wiener Zeitung

Interview by Christina Hoeferer in Austrian newspaper, Wiener Zeitung. Read article (German) >>>

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Review of The Hilltop in FAZ (Germany)

Notable German author Eva Menasse wrote a review of the German edition of The Hilltop in Germany’s leading daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeiner Zeitung (FAZ). Here is the full review: SAMSTAG, 30. NOVEMBER 2013 BERUF UND CHANCE Für eine Handvoll Tomaten … Get to know more »

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The Hilltop in El Pais

The hilltop is featured in an article on Israeli literature today, By David Alndete, in the leading Spanish newspaper El Pais. Spanish version >>> Portuguese version >>>

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Hilltop Interview on German TV: 3SAT Kulturzeit

Interview on German TV: 3SAT’s Kulturzeit about The Hilltop. by Andrea Kasiske. Watch video (German) >>>

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Radio interview on ORF – Austrian radio

Interview by Susanne Lettenbauer on Austrian national radio ORF. Listen (German) >>>

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The Hilltop is on the longlist for the Sapir Award

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.

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Review of The Hilltop in Koelner Stadt-Zeitung

Review of the Hilltop in the Koelner Stadt-Zeitung, by Martin Oehlen. Read review (German) >>>

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New Foot and Mouth Album

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 »

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TV interview on Hydromania in Italian RAI2

Interview and story on Italian TV’s RAI2, on Hydromania Watch video >>>

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The Hilltop infoscreen ad in Austrian trains and trainstations

This infoscreen video ad for The Hilltop will appear on screens in trains and train stations across Austria between 18-24 November. View video >>>

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The Hilltop wins the Bernstein Literary Prize

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 »

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Review in Jewniverse of Eating Standing Up

“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 »

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Review of “the Hilltop” in Der Tagesspiegel

“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) >>>

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Interview in Tages-Anzeiger, Switzerland

Interview about The Hilltop by Claudia Kuhener in Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger (German):

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Readings in the Israeli Literature Festival in Zurich, Switzerland and Hohenems, Austria

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 »

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Interview in Tages Woch, Switzerland

Interview by Andreas Schneitter for Swiss newspaper Tages Woch. Read article (German) >>>

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The Hilltop is out in Germany

The Hilltop is out today in German in Luchterhand / Random House. Page on the publisher’s website: >>> Page on Amazon: >>>

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Review of the German edition of The Hilltop in qantara.de

“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 »

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Review of The Hilltop in Bazler Zeitung

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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Review of “Hydromania” in the Journal of the University of Padova

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“Today Costa Rica”: New story in English on jewishfiction.net

        “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 »

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Review of Hydromania in WUZ, Italy

“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 »

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Interview on Radio24, Italy

Interview by Alessandra Tedesco on the Radio24 radio station in Italy. Listen to the interview >>>

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Review of Hydromania in La Nazione, Italy

“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.

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Interview in the Haaretz English edition

“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 »

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Reading in Zurich in September

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 »

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FoodTrip in Jerusalem

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 »

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Hydromania selected for “20 Summer Reads” by WUZ Italy

WUZ, the biggest Italian Books website, has selected Hydromania as one of its “20 Great Reads for the Summer”. Read full list >>>

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