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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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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 >>>

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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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Review of Croc Attack in People Magazine, Greece

Croc Attack got 4 stars in this review in the Greek edition of People Magazine, written by Tina Mandilara.

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On The Hilltop in Yediot Achronot

Critic Arik Glasner, in his article about a new phenomenon he identifies of “cosmopolitan Hebrew fiction, discusses The Hilltop. Published in Yediot Achronot: “To the phenomenon of cosmopolitan Hebrew literature I would like to add another significant novel related to … 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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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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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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