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Review of The Hilltop in a Belgian blog

Review of The Hilltop in Belgian blog lees|me|nu Read review (Dutch) >>>

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Miami Book Fair Noir panel

Panel on Tel Aviv Noir, Teheran Noir and Singapore Noir with fellow editors Salar Abdoh and Cheryl Tan.

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Review of The Hilltop in Curious Animal

“For giving depth to a group so often demonised or heroised, The Hilltop is an important work and an invaluable insight into modern Israel… 8/10″ Review of The Hilltop in British online magazine for travel and culture, Curious Animal. Read full … Get to know more »

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Review of Croc Attack in Greece

Another review which i can’t read but I’m told is very good. Read review (Greek) >>>

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Interview in Tin House magazine blog

“The Hilltop, Assaf Gavron’s fifth novel, opens with the language of Genesis: “In the beginning were the fields.” We soon meet Othniel Assis, who, “so it came to pass,” hiked until his beard grew long and he found the land … Get to know more »

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Interview in BBC Radio 4′s Front Row, UK

Radio interview on BBC 4′s Front Row. Program page >>> Download podcast here (November 14th) >>> Listen to the interview (starts 18:38) >>>

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Video of The Hilltop event in The Strand Book Store, New York

Here is a video of my conversation with author John Wray about The Hilltop in The Strand Book Store.  

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Interview in the Harold Examiner, CT

“It is not a class in history or politics, but a book. Still, I do hope it opens minds to the complexity of situations and individuals, and that people learn something from it.” Interview about The Hilltop in the Harold … Get to know more »

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Audio recording of the Tel Aviv / Teheran Noir NYPL event

Here’s an audio recording of the Tel Aviv Noir and Teheran Noir launch event in the New York Public Library, with Salar Abdoh, Gina Nahai, Etgar Keret and Assaf Gavron. Listen to full recording >>>

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Interview in the Jewish Book Council website

“… a tremendous ability to portray different types of people in the book. The char­acters change throughout the book and the book chronicles their changes. There are two different baalei teshuvah, returnees to religious Judaism, Josh and Gabi. They are not stereotypes, … Get to know more »

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Radio Interview – Jeff Schechtman’s “Specific Gravity”

Interview about The Hilltop on Jeff Schechtman’s radio show, Specific Gravity. Listen to the show >>>

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Interview about The Hilltop on TLV1 Radio

Interview with Ishai Golan on the Tel Aviv State of Mind show, Radio TLV1. Listen to the interview >>>

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The Hilltop in PlacingLiterature.com

Cool website that places scenes from books on the map. There are several from The Hilltop. PlacingLiteraure.com >>>

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Haaretz English-edition review of The Hilltop

“Sardonic and engaging, an ambitious undertaking… Gavron is at his best injecting a dose of the absurd into the mundane, all the while hanging back with judgment, content with letting the reader draw her own conclusions… [He] excels at unmasking the contradictions that … Get to know more »

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Introduction to a reading of The Hilltop in University of Denver

“His work is poignant, and I mean this in the original sense of the term; that is, piercing and cutting. Gavron’s novels are books that teach, but escape didacticism because they do not have an agenda. They are poignant because … Get to know more »

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Review of The Hilltop by Adam Kirsch in Tablet

“Gavron turns out to be a natural fit for an American readership….The Hilltop, just published in a vigorous and colloquial English translation by Steven Cohen, is a ‘great Israeli novel’ in much the same way that Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom was … Get to know more »

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Review of The Hilltop in Times of Israel

“There are no easy outcomes in this novel, but such is the reality in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Incidents described in the book could easily be sprouting from today’s newspaper headlines; the advantage of reading about them in a work of … Get to know more »

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Review of The Hilltop in the Los Angeles Times

“A sprawling novel that revolves around a small settlement in the occupied territories, its focus is less satirical than absurdist, offering a middle vision between the ridiculous and the sublime….the pleasure of THE HILLTOP is that it doesn’t offer easy … Get to know more »

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Interview in Book Inc., Connecticut book website

“literature has a way of returning us to the human that is paradoxically both individual and universal, raising questions that defy simple answers.” Interview published in Book Inc., ahead of my event in Madison, CT Read full interview >>>

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The Hilltop in Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week

“Memorable novel…” The Hilltop is one of 11 books (only three of them novels) on Publishers Weekly’s PW Picks: Books of the Week. Read page >>>

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Review of The Hilltop on The Wall Street Journal

“Brilliantly attuned to the madhouse complexities of the current settlement crisis… The superbly orchestrated chaos makes this an indispensable novel…” Review of The Hilltop by Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal Read full review (WSJ subscription needed) >>>

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Podcast on The Hilltop, TLV1 radio

Podcast on The Hilltop, in Marcela Sulak’s literary program Israel in Translation, on TLV1 radio. Listen to the podcast >>>

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Interview about Tel Aviv Noir on TLV1 radio

Interview with Ishai Golan about Tel Aviv Noir, on the Tel Aviv State if Mind culture show on TLV1 radio. Listen to the interview >>>

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Review of The Hilltop in Library Journal

“Funny and entertaining….Gavron expertly works with a large cast of characters to create a resonant portrayal of life at the center of one of the world’s main trouble spots.”—Library Journal

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Starred review for The Hilltop in Kirkus Reviews

Another starred review… “… crisp insight and dry humor… Slowly and incrementally, like those settlers on that craggy West Bank hilltop, Gavron’s story gains a foothold in our hearts and minds and stubbornly refuses to leave.” Read full review >>>

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Starred Review of The Hilltop in Booklist

(STARRED REVIEW) The Hilltop. Gavron, Assaf (Author) Israeli settler Othniel just wants to grow some arugula, some tomatoes, and keep a goat. He wanders out of his settlement onto a hilltop overlooking the Judean desert and a Palestinian village and … Get to know more »

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Piece on Tel Aviv Noir in JTA

“The 14 stories in “Tel Aviv Noir,” all original and commissioned for this volume, are divided into three categories: Encounter, Estrangements and Corpses. Keret and Gavron agreed that a major goal of the anthology was to bring a younger generation … Get to know more »

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Review of Tel Aviv Noir in Kirkus Reviews

“Even in the Holy Land, people find ingenious ways to screw up their own lives, as the latest entry in Akashic’s Noir series proves.” Read full review >>>

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Starred review of Tel Aviv Noir in Booklist

(Starred review) Tel Aviv Noir. Keret, Etgar (Editor) and Gavron, Assaf (Editor) For those unfamiliar with the city, Tel Aviv conjures upcontrasting images of sunny beaches and political turmoil, but, like other urban landscapes, it has a noir underbelly where … Get to know more »

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Review of The Hilltop in Publishers Weekly

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Review of Tel Aviv Noir in Publishers Weekly

Review of Tel Aviv Noir forthcoming in the August 25 issue of Publishers Weekly: Israeli founding father David Ben-Gurion famously stated, “We will know we have become a normal country when Jewish thieves and Jewish prostitutes conduct their business in Hebrew.” That … Get to know more »

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Starred review for Tel Aviv Noir in Library Journal

Forthcoming in the September issue of Library Journal: Since the start, Akashic’s short story series has been a classy enterprise, specializing in crime noir set in specific locations. The 66th volume may be the very best in a generally solid series. … Get to know more »

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Tweet about the Hilltop from Belgium

Belgian TV journalist Patrick van Gompel with a nice tweet on The Hilltop Fascinating, humorous, essential, smart. The Hilltop (De Nederzetting) @agavron A 5 stars book! @NWADAM pic.twitter.com/abLMGNOLpt — Patrick Van Gompel (@PVanGompel) August 15, 2014

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Interview in The Ilanot Review

“I tend to do a lot of research, probably too much. As someone who lives in Tel Aviv and who is secular, I needed to at least connect to the place, to the people and to the synagogue. I needed … Get to know more »

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Piece on Gaza etc., published in Sweden, Italy, Holland, Germany and Greece

My piece on Gaza and the current situation was published in newspapers in Sweden, Italy, Holland and Germany. Read the article in: Dagens Nyheter (Swedish) >>> La Republica (Italian) >>> NRC Handelsblad (Dutch) >>> Die Zeit (German) >>> To vima (Greek) >>>

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On current affairs in German newspaper Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger

A few points about the current Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza and Tel Aviv, published in German newspaper Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger. Interview by Martin Oehlen

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Interview in Giornale di Brescia

Interview by Francesco Mannoni, published in Italian newspaper Giornale di Brescia. Read article (Italian) >>>

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Interview in the Jerusalem Report

“America has always fascinated me, and I mean the heart of America not just New York or L.A.” An interview about The Hilltop (which WAS on the bestsellers lists despite what is claimed there…), The Jerusalem Book Fair and more … Get to know more »

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Reviews of Croc Attack in Greek newspapers

Here is a review from Greek newspaper, KATHIMERINI. Read review (Greek) >>> And here’s another review published in Greece earlier this month (June 3rd), from the local newspaper of Arta town. Read review (Greek) >>> And another (Greek) >>> And … Get to know more »

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Festival in Sardinia

I presented my novel Hydromania in the Leggendro Metropolitano Festival in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. Details and program (Italian) >>>

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Conversation with Australian writer Nam Le in Jerusalem

Good conversation with Australian author Nam Le in the 4th International Writers Festival in Jerusalem today, about his book, The Boat, the expectations from writers and how to defy them, moving and writing around the world, etc.

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Article about Croc Attack in Greek newspaper

An article about Croc Attack in big Greek newspaper ELEFTHEROTYPIA, including text by the successful Greek writer Isidoros Zourgos.  

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Article on Narrative4 in Haaretz English

“The acclaimed Israeli author found himself paired with U.S. author Terry Tempest Williams for a story exchange. Someone tells you a personal tale; you tell one in return; then you retell each other’s stories to the group, Gavron explains.” The … Get to know more »

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Interview in Greek newspaper

New interview in Greek newspaper diastixo.gr, for the Greek edition of Croc Attack. Read review (Greek) >>>

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Photo exhibition in New York

This photo of me is part of an authors portraits exhibition starting in New York next week, The Last Line, with photos by German photographer Heike Steinweg. Each author represented also contributed a short text relating to the concept of … Get to know more »

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Bernstein Prize jury arguments for awarding The Hilltop

This is the text from the jury of the Bernstein Prize 2013, explaining why they have awarded the prize to The Hilltop: Assaf Gavron has written one of the most important and interesting books of recent years. The Hilltop is … Get to know more »

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Reading in Berlin Literaturhaus

Reading and discussing The Hilltop in the literaturhaus tonight, aspart of the German-Israeli literatue days 2014 in Berlin. With German author Martin Schauble, moderated by Arne Schneider. Comment and photo by German author Norbert Kron: ssaf Gavron bei den “Deutsch-Israelischen … Get to know more »

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Interview about cultural boycott on German radio

Short piece on the cultural boycott of Israel by German radio journalist Ruth Kinet. Listen (German) >>>

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Reading in Stuttgart

Reading and discussion on The Hilltop in the beautiful new library in Stuttgart tonight. Moderator: Anat Feinberg, professor of Hebrew fiction at Heidelberg University.

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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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