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Review of The Hilltop in La Presse, Canada

Review of The Hilltop’s French edition (Les Innocents), by Francois Richard, in French Canadian newspaper, La Presse. Read review >>>

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Review of The Hilltop in the Times Literary Supplement, UK

“Gavron sets out to complicate the [settlers'] stereotype… Though the issues raised are grave, Gavron’s tack is surprisingly light-hearted, humourous, satirical… “An ambitious novel, a distanced overview, meticulously realistic… “Gavron represents a distinctly new generation of Israeli writing. Though it … Get to know more »

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Interview in Israel21c website

“With a string of international literary awards and bestselling novels to his credit, Assaf Gavron has earned his place alongside his accomplished friends Etgar Keret and Nir Baram as a foremost Israeli author under 50.” Interview and article by Abigail Klein … Get to know more »

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Review of the Hilltop in the New York Times Book Review

“Structurally brilliant….Violence haunts the narrative, providing its emotional core.” Review of The Hilltop by Pauls Tautonghi in the New York Times Book Review. To be published 21 December 2014. Read the review online >>>

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Review of The Hilltop in the Guardian, UK

“The Hilltop undoubtedly provides an extraordinary view of contemporary Israeli society… it is something entirely new – a comic settlement-saga that attempts to understand the terrible saga of the settlements.” Reaview of The hilltop by Iam Sansom  in the Guardian. … Get to know more »

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Review of The Hilltop in the Financial Times, UK

“… Lends vital volume and humanity to a story that shows how fiction can fully access the areas diplomacy and journalism do not quite reach… infused with gentle, everyday humour and flickers of kindness… could be taken as an allegory … Get to know more »

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The Hilltop recommended on JTA

“Equal parts comedy and tragedy, Assaf Gavron’s sprawling seventh novel takes us to a fictional West Bank settlement deemed illegal by the Israeli government.” The Hilltop recommended as a Hanukkah gift by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Read in full >>>

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The Hilltop briefly noted in the New Yorker

“Expansive, humorous novel… Gavron’s satiric touches can be coruscating…” The Hilltop in the New Yorker’s “briefly noted” reviews. Read full review >>>

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Radio interview – 15 with the Author

Interview in 15 with the Author with Terri Knight on KYMN. Listen to full interview >>>

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The Hilltop in NPR’s best of 2014 list

The Hilltop was selected in NPR’s “best of 2014″ book list: “Americans may not recognize the portrait of Israel in Assaf Gavron’s most recent novel, but Israelis sure will. It’s set in an illegal Jewish settlement on the West Bank. … Get to know more »

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Review of The Hilltop in Forward

“Compelling….touchingly human….gripping….Gavron’s achievement is to strip Ma’aleh Hermesh C of all the expectations, projections and stereotypes that Western readers usually have of ‘settlers.’ And instead he makes it about the real, fascinating people who live there.” Review of The Hilltop … Get to know more »

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Radio Interview – Beyond 50

Interview on the Beyond 50 radio show, with Daniel Davis. Listen to full interview >>>

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Radio interview – The Avid Reader

Interview on The Avid Reader with Sam Hanken on WCAT/WCHE. Listen to interview >>>

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PBS interview about Tel Aviv Noir

Interview broadcast on PBS about Tel Aviv Noir, along with Teheran Noir editor Salar Abdoh and Singapore Noir editor Cheryl Lu Lien Tan, in the Miami Book Fair.

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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 Tel Aviv Noir

“Tel Aviv Noir reveals a side of the city that most residents and visitors never see. Readers interested in exploring the dark side of Tel Aviv will be fascinated by these short pieces of noir literature.” Review of Tel Aviv Noir … Get to know more »

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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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Review of The Hilltop in the Jewish Chronicle, UK

“It is a big, ambitious, state-of-nation novel… full of powerful moments of high drama” Review of The Hilltop by David Herman, the Jewish Chronicle, UK Read full review >>>

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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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Tel Aviv / Teheran Noir NYPL event

Tonight was 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 audio recording of the event >>> And here’s a short video … Get to know more »

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Review of The Hilltop in the Annethology blog

“The story provides the stage to showcase the hodgepodge of communities that make up twenty-first century Israel: religious versus secular Jews; Tel Aviv yuppies versus Palestinian villagers; modern capitalism versus kibbutzim collectivism; the ever-present military and the shadow of the … Get to know more »

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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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