Assaf Gavron was Born in 1968, and published five novels (Ice, Moving, Almost Dead, Hydromania and The Hilltop), a collection of short stories (Sex in the cemetery), and a non-fiction collection of Jerusalem falafel-joint reviews (Eating Standing Up).
His fiction has been translated into German, Russian, Italian, French, English, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Bulgarian. His latest English translation, The Hilltop, was published in 2014 by Scribner in the US and Oneworld in the UK.
Among the awards he won are the Israeli Prime Minister’s Creative Award for Authors, the Israeli Bernstein Prize for the novel The Hilltop, the DAAD artists-in-Berlin fellowship in Germany, the Buch Fur Die Stadt award in Germany for the novel CrocAttack and the Prix Courrier International award in France for the same novel.
His fiction was adapted for the stage in Habima – Israel’s national theatre, and four of his novels were optioned for film or TV by Israeli and international film producers.
As a translator of fiction, Gavron is responsible for the highly-regarded English-to-Hebrew translations of J.D. Salinger’s Nine Stories, Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint and Jonathan Safran Foer’s novels, among others. He also co-translated his own Almost Dead from Hebrew to English.
He was the chief writer of the prize-winning computer game Peacemaker; and has contributed to numerous newspapers and magazines, writing on subjects ranging from sports to politics, and from music to food. As the captain of Israel’s national writers’ and poets’ soccer team, he led it in several international matches.
Gavron is the singer and main songwriter of cult pop group The Foot and Mouth. The group released five albums, six years apart from each other. The next album will be out in 2019.
Son of English immigrants, he grew up in a small village near Jerusalem, and currently lives in Omaha, Nebraska, where he teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He lived in Tel Aviv, London, Vancouver and Berlin.
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