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The Hilltop paperback edition published in the UK

The paperback edition of The Hilltop will be published in the UK on May 7th, 2015. This is cover, a variation on the hardcover. Here is a link to buy it, with free delivery worldwide >>>

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Interview about The Hilltop in the Montreal Gazette

“The comic tone is my style. This is how I write and this is also what I like to read. I think it is not only allowed, it is important to use it, even – or perhaps moreover – when … Get to know more »

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Review of The Hilltop of Swedish television

The Hilltop was reviewed on the morning show of Swedish national TV station SVT1. The reviewer gives The Hilltop a “strong four” grade and calls it a fine satire, skillfully written, and educating, while being tremendously funny. Watch the review … Get to know more »

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Excerpt from “Moving” published in PEN World Voices Festival 2015 anthology

An excerpt from “Moving”, translated by Evan Fallenberg, is part of an online anthology published by the PEN World Voices festival, ahead of next months’s 2015 festival in New York City. My event there will take place on Friday May … Get to know more »

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Recommended Montreal festival event

“The Wild West Bank”, the event about The Hilltop in the Blue Metropolis literary festival in Montreal, is one of seven recommended events in the festival, by Ian McGillis of the English-language Montreal newspaper, the Montreal Gazette. Read article >>>

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Review of The Hilltop by Swedish newspaper

The Hilltop was reviewed by one of the top newspapers in northern Sweden, calling it “Big, multi-layered, and demonstrating different styles of writing”. Read review (Swedish) >>>

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Review of The Hilltop in Aftonbladet, Sweden

“… the fact that a novel like this can be written certainly lends hope” A review of The Hilltop in Sweden’s leading tabloid newspaper, Aftonbladet. Written by Goran Greider. Read review (Swedish) >>>

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Interview by Swedish news agency

Interview about The Hilltop for the Swedish new agency SVD, which was printed in many newspapers across the country. Read the article (Swedish) >>>

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Mouth & Foot gig in Berlin

The Mouth & Foot played a short gig in Radialsystem, Berlin, Germany. The gig was part of an event to mark the publication of a German-Israeli anthology in both Israel and Germany, Hebrew and German. Track list: Candy Store, Schluck … Get to know more »

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Panel in Berlin: We don’t forget, we go dancing

My story “Wuppertal Vohwinkel” was published in the German-Israeli anthology, “We don’t forget, we go dancing”, published by Fischer in Germany and Afik in Israel. To mark the publication I participated in a couple of panels on the subject of … Get to know more »

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Interview on Swedish TV: Babel on SVT

This interview was aired on the Babel literary television show on SVT, Swedish national TV station, hosted by Jessika Gedin. The section about The Hilltop starts at 31:30 minutes. View show (English with Swedish subtitles) >>>

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Interview on Swedish TV

Interview about The Hilltop in Swedish channel 4, on the Malou von Sivers show. Watch the interview (English with Swedish subtitles) >>>

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Review of The Hilltop in south-Sweden’s major newspaper

“Powerful and glowing.” A review of The Hilltop in south Sweden’s biggest newspaper, Sydsvenskan. Read review (Swedish) >>>

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Reading in a bookshop in Stockholm

Had a reading in the beautiful Stockholm bookshop Söderbokhandeln (“The southern bookshop”), interviewed by journalist Negar Josephi, and signed books. This blogger transcribed the full conversation. Read the conversation (Swedish) >>>

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Review of The Hilltop in Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

The Hilltop is published in Sweden this week. This is a review in the newspaper Dagens Nyheter, written by Jonas Thente. Read review (Swedish) >>>

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Review of The Hilltop by Robert Alter in Jewish Review of Books

“The book is alternately satiric (it includes scenes of sheer farce) and somber, ending on a mock-idyllic note that points to a future fraught with ominous potential. Though it seems safe to infer that Gavron strenuously objects to the settler … Get to know more »

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Lecture on translation, Omaha public radio

A lecture I gave on translation in the University of Nebraska, Omaha, back in September 2014. It was recorded and now broadcasted on KIOS radio – the Omaha branch of NPR. Listen to lecture >>>

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Interview about The Hilltop in Swedish Radio

Here is an interview recorded in London by Hugo Lavett for Swedish National radio. It was broadcasted as part of a pre-elections Israeli literature program. My segment is from around 9:00 minutes to around 21:00 minutes. Listen to show (Swedish) >>> … Get to know more »

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The Hilltop out soon in Sweden

The Hilltop will be published in Swedish translation by the publisher Natur & Kultur on March 23rd. The publisher’s web page for the book >>> Get it online here >>>

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London Book Week event in London

An event about The Hilltop in The London Book Week, with interview by Sara Hirschorn. Listen to the interview >>>

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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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