Reading in Zurich in September

Here are details of the first event promoting The Hilltop outside Israel – a reading in the literaturhaus in Zurich on 27th September, part of an Israeli literature festival. The following day there will be a reading in the Jewish Museum at Hohenems, Austria. Details for that will follow.

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FoodTrip in Jerusalem

For three weeks, in July-August, a food-truck roamed the streets of Jerusalem, serving varying dishes from changing guests in different neighborhoods of the city, as part of a co-production of the Jerusalem Season of Culture and the chef Asaf Granit from Machneyuda restaurant. I shared the reporting on the FoodTrip events with Hilla Alpert and Hedai Ofayim. Following are my reports:

9.8.13 Sinta Skewers with no guest at the techno parties at The Tower of David >>>

8.8.13 Surprising Stuffed Vegetables with Anat Hoffman at the YMCA >>>

7.8.13  Children’s Meal with Moran Mizrahi at Yemin Moshe >>>

3.8.13 Aubergine in Tomato Sauce with Rubi Rivlin at Denya Square >>>

29.7.13 Atayef with Matan Israeli at the Jaffa Gate >>>

27.7.13 Sausage and Chips Sandwich with Amit Aharonson at the Cinemateque >>> (No English translation)

20.7.13 Brick with Jackie Levy at The Moster >>>

19.7.13 Masala Dosa with Tomer Persico at the market >>>

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Hydromania selected for “20 Summer Reads” by WUZ Italy

WUZ, the biggest Italian Books website, has selected Hydromania as one of its “20 Great Reads for the Summer”.

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Review of Hydromania in Mosaico Magazine, Italy

“This is a beautiful discovery of a new book by Assaf Gavron. A great find. It is hard to find in contemporary Israeli literature a work which fits in the dystopian genre, with such a quality of writing and a capacity to hold the suspense for over two hundred pages that made me read it in one breath. This book takes a look at all the fears, obsessions and hopes of Israel, the way Orwell, Dick or Gibson did for the decadence of the Western world.”

Review of Hydromania by Ester Moscati in Italian-Jewish Mosaico Magazine.

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Event at the Hebrew Literature Festival in Rome

I will be appearing on Tuesday, July 23rd, 21:30 in conversation with Gigi Riva.

The event is part of the International Festival of Hebrew Literature and Culture in Rome, and coincides with the publication of Hydromania in Italian.

Full schedule of the festival (Italian) >>>

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Hydromania is Book of the Day on RAI3 radio “Farenheit” show

 

 

Hydromania was Book of the Day on the literary radio show “Farenheit”, on Italian RAI3 radio station. We went over and made an interview.

Listen online or download podcast (Italian) >>>

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Review Of Hydromania in La Stampa

 

Another great review of the Italian edition of Hydromania in La Stampa.

Written by Elena Loewenthal.

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Review of Hydromania is Il sole24ore, Italy

 

 

An apparently positive review of Hydromania’s Italian edition, by Michele De Mieri, in Italian daily’s Il sole24ore’s Sunday Culture supplement.

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Article about Israeli writers in La Repubblica

 

 

An article in La Repubblica, Italy, by Marco mathieu, about the current generation of Israeli writers and about the Israel writers football team, which lost to Italy in the final of the Haifa International Tournament in June, 4:1.

Read article on La Repubblica site (Italian) >>>

See pages in Scribd >>>

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Interview in Italian weekend magazine Il Venerdi

 

Interview about Hydromania and life, by Lara Crino in Italian weekend magazine, Il Venerdi.

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Hydromania published in Italy

Hydromania is published this week in Italy, as Idromania, in La Giuntina publishers.

Publisher’s page >>>

Buy online >>>

Cover design: Ada Rothenberg.

 

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Interview in Swedish Newspaper

Swedish author and journalist Fredrik Ekelund, who was in Israel for the Writers International Football tournament in Haifa in June, interviewed me for Sydsvenskan, the biggest newspaper in the south of Sweden.

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The Hilltop in the summer reading list, Haaretz Books Supplement

 

 

The Hilltop features in the Haaretz Books Supplement summer reading supplement:

Settling for more

Liat Elkayam recommends ‘The Hilltop,’ for a holiday in Sinai

As someone who goes on vacation mainly to read books, over the years I’ve developed an array of tactics for selecting my holiday reading − all of which have proven lacking in some way. Worst of all is reading books in the places where they are set. “The Castle” in Prague? The Kafka book is so much more fun. “Under the Tuscan Sun” was way more enjoyable than the pastoral pasta inferno I went to. And unfortunately I just don’t have access to Jay McInerney’s New York. So these days, I opt for the opposite route and aim to read books as far from their point of origin as possible.

For the holiday I yearn for most − a hut in Sinai at Ras-Abu-Whatever − I would gladly, if paradoxically, take along Assaf Gavron’s “The Hilltop.” Firstly, because the cover looks good; and second, because a girl on a beach reading a book and laughing aloud always looks good. And “The Hilltop” is, first and foremost, a very funny novel.

It’s funny that the cruelest act of vengeance that a settler character can think of is to blow up a virtual Second Life mosque by means of Star-of-David-shaped spam. It’s funny when one of the settlers discovers that Matsumata, a Japanese agricultural institute, has cornered the market for authentic olive oil. And it’s even funnier because Matsumata messed up his deal with the Arabs from the neighboring village, which would have enabled him to make a little fortune at their expense as well as at the expense of bourgeois Tel Avivians. It should be obvious by now that this novel is also very political, firing sharp poisoned barbs in all directions.

But what really makes “The Hilltop” ascend to the top of the literary heap is the sharp movement between two antithetical poles of the storytelling craft. On one end you have the meticulously orchestrated analytic and ironic voice, which sends the reader to regions of reflection on the essence of Israeliness. This is the part that is focused on a place − on the fictional settlement Ma’aleh Hermesh C − and it pushes away the reader emotionally while demanding intellectual involvement.

While one hand repels, the other draws you in. For on the other pole you will find the keenest emotion, enough to rip the heart in two. Strewn throughout the book are segments that reveal the past and penetrate the conflicted consciousness of two of the main protagonists − Gabi and Ronny Cooper, the endearing, orphaned, former kibbutznik brothers who become settlers, each for his own fervent reasons.

These flashbacks offer glimpses of hideous, horrid scenes ‏(most chilling of all is a scene in which the young Gabi is punished by anonymous kibbutzniks, who shove loads of maggots, beetles and snails into his mouth‏). I didn’t need Gavron to know that settlers are human beings. What I didn’t know is that this particular reader, a leftist-radical-agnostic girl, could fall in love, contrary to her own good sense, with a protagonist who is despicable by any standard.

And if that’s not a vacation, I don’t know what is.

Liat Elkayam is a television and popular culture analyst for Haaretz.

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Events and signings during Book Week 2013

Events and signing during Book Week:

Wednesday, 5/6/13, 18:00: Signing The Hilltop in the Books in the Attic / Yediot Sfarim area, Rabin Square, Tel Aviv.

Thursday, 6/6/13, 19:30: “Extras” in Bookworm bookshop, Maze Street, Tel Aviv. Details  >>>

Sunday, 9/6/13, 20:30: Author event in the regional library Arava (Sapir Center, near Ein Yahav).

Monday, 10/6/13, 21:00: Signing The Hilltop in the Books in the Attic / Yediot Sfarim area, Rabin Square, Tel Aviv.

Wednesday, 12/6/13, 20:30: literary panel moderated by Rana Verbin, with Dror Mishani, Noa Yedlin and myself, at Bet Hasofer, 6 Kaplan Street, Tel Aviv.

Thursday, 13/6/13, 21:00: Signing The Hilltop in the Books in the Attic / Yediot Sfarim area, Rabin Square, Tel Aviv.

Saturday, 15/6/13, 21:00: Signing The Hilltop in the Books in the Attic / Yediot Sfarim area, Rabin Square, Tel Aviv.

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Academic paper on The Hilltop in Sh’ma Journal

“In some Tolstoynian manner, the situation itself is the protagonist of the novel; human agents serve as window dressing. Oddly, the novel describes these settlers in a way similar to Tolstoy’s descriptions of the nobility: as agents of history, with their passions, failings, and actions impacting others in ways that are tragic and momentous.”

“Situational Awareness”, paper by Uri S. Cohen on “The Hilltop”, published in American Jewish academic journal “Sh’ma”, as part of the Guns and Jews issue.

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New digital edition for my debut novel Ice

My debut novel, “ice”, originally published in 1997 and unavailable in print for some years, is now out in a new, enhanced digital edition.

The edition can be downloaded and read on any tablet or smartphone (Hebrew only), and is available at a special launch price of 28 NIS.

More details and buy on indiebook.co.il >>>

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Rights for The Hilltop sold in France and Sweden

Translation rights for The Hilltop were also sold to Natur och Kultur in Sweden after auction, and to publisher of CrocAttack Rivages in France, also after auction.

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Rights for The Hilltop sold to Scribner in the US

North American rights for The Hilltop were sold to Paul Whitlatch at Scribner Books, the excellent publisher of Don Delillo, Stephen King and many others, a division of Simon & Schuster.

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Rights for The Hilltop sold in The Netherlands and Italy

The Hilltop will be published in The Netherlands by Nieuw Amsterdam and in Italy by La Giuntina. This adds to sales to Random House / luchterhand in Germany (to be published September 2013, and Books in the Attic in Israel (published January 2013).

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Interview in French blog

An interview by Alexis Brunet in the French blog La Cause Litteraire.

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Story for Haartez Weekend Supplement’s “Small Victories” project

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Tweet on The Hilltop by Anshel Pfeffer, the Haaretz UK correspondent

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Sexy

Selected in Time Out Tel Aviv’s “Sexiest People in Town” issue.

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Reading from CrocAttack / Almost Dead

Reading from the first chapter of CrocAttack / Almost Dead, for the CultureBuzz project.

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Photo by Moti Kikayon

Photo by Moti Kikayon – could be used for free, but credit should be given to the photographer.

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Interview about West Bank “apartheid buses” in la Republica, Italy

Interview about the new buses for Palestinian workers in the West Bank. Written by Alessandra Baduel.
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Reviews of The Hilltop in the Israeli press

Some translated excerpts from reviews of The Hilltop in the Israeli press (for a wider list, please see The Hilltop page in this website):

“An intense, funny and violent novel… a wonderful book… Gavron’s Magnum Opus, written with the pretension and dare of The Great Israeli Novel.” Yehuda Nuriel, Yediot Achronot.

“Gavron loves his characters. The settlers in The Hilltop are not ideological scarecrows, even when ideology has an important role in their lives. The Hilltop is not an anthropological book about the settlers. It is a story about a hill on which people live. A small hill in the middle of nowhere and in the middle of everywhere. It is a universal story, and also a very private story.” Motti Fogel, Achbar Ha’ir Magazine

“A groundbreaking attempt to move the focus to the settlement as the setting of the Israeli Story.” Yoni Livne, Yediot Achronot

“I’m always happy to read a new book by Assaf Gavron. from this generation he is really one of those who have the language and the ability to sweep you into a story with the speed of a crocodile collecting his prey down into the water. He simply plucks you into it and you are there. He achieves an almost impossible deed and manages to write about the settlers reality objectively, meaning, he is telling a story first. Wonderful.” Jacky Levi, GLZ Radio

“A dazzling novel… A clinically accurate and stunningly powerful description of the state of affairs in the twenty first century Israel. The Hilltop manages to connect emotionally to the situation and at the dame time to laugh at it from the outside.” Ran Bin-Nun, Yediot Achronot

“The Hilltop avoids didacticism and turns reality into a game between images, a game whose rules are so complex and vague that it is-and will remain-impossible to identify who the victor is.” Omri Herzog, Haaretz

“The Hilltop is a novel about human weaknesses, about the exhausting places that drive all of us and about the moment of clarity that sometimes awaken us, but paralize us in other moments. Assaf Gavron did not write a novel about the fact that we are all human beings, he simply wrote a novel about human beings.” Anat Gafni, Mako

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The Hilltop in the Haaretz bestsellers list

The Hilltop goes up to no. 6 in the Haaretz independent book stores bestsellers list.

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Winning the Prix Courrier International Award in Paris


The Prix Courrier International 2012 was awarded in Paris for the novel Croc Attack.

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Interview about The Hilltop in Corriere della Sera, Italy


Photo: Jonathan Bloom

Full article (Italian) >>>

The Article was also reprinted in the blog La Biblioteca d’Israele by Giusi Meister >>>

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Interview about The Hilltop in Yediot Achronot

“An intense, funny and violent novel… a wonderful book… Gavron’s Magnum Opus, written with the pretension and dare of The Great Israeli Novel.”

Interview about “The Hilltop” with Yehuda Nuriel in Yediot Achronot

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The Hilltop is out!

English facebook page: >>>

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New novel, The Hilltop, available 1.1.2013 in Hebrew

The new novel The Hilltop will be available in book stores in Israel on 1.1.2013.

The German edition will be published in September 2013.

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CrocAttack wins the Prix Courrier International


The French award, Prix Courrier International was announced today – and the winner is CrocAttack!

Here is the announcement. Details of an event in Paris January to follow.

Announcement (French) >>>

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Article on winning Wizo Award in PVPR, Holland

Article in Dutch website PVPR on winning the Wizo Holland Award for Hydromania.

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Hydromania wins the WIZO Netherlands award

Hydromania was announced as the winner of the WIZO Netherlands literary award in Amsterdam today.

In second place came De Held by Jessica Durlacher, and in third place 7 Dagen, 7 Nachten by Jonathan Tropper.

Announcement (Dutch) >>>

Award page (Dutch) >>>

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Opinion piece in The Forward on Tel Aviv rocket attacks

I was asked by American Jewish daily The Forward – did the rocket attacks on Tel Aviv burst the bubble?

Here’s the answer >>>

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Interview in Deutsche Welle

An interview by Petra Lambeck in the Deutsche Welle website, on the recent award in Cologne, the recent operation in Gaza, etc.

German version >>>

English Version >>>

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Opinion piece in qantara.de about the Israeli media in the Gaza operation

“When the cannons roar, the TV pundits don’t shut up.”

An opinion piece about the israeli media and social media during the operation in Gaza.

English version >>>

German version >>>

Arabic version >>>

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Article in the Koelner Stadt Anzeiger about the experience of rockets on Tel Aviv

An article about the experience of of rockets in Tel Aviv. Published in the Koelner Stadt Anzeiger.

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Article in Haaretz English edition on the award in Cologne

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“Buch Fuer Die Stadt” award ceremony in Cologne

The award ceremony, reading and discussion in Cologne’s theatre, started a week of events in Cologne and the area, celebrating the “Buch fuer Die Stadt” award given by the Cologne Literaturhaus and the newspaper Koelner Stadt Anzeiger to Croc Attack (together with Thyme and Stones by Palestinian writer Sumaya Farhat-Naser).

Here are several articles about the different events of the week (including my visit to the Schalke-Arsenal Champions League match), published in the Koelner Stadt Anzeiger (German): >>>

A story in Haaretz English edition (for non-subscribers there is a pdf in a separate post): >>> 

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CrocAttack shortlisted for the Prix Courrier International in France

CrocAttack was selected for the shortlist of the Prix Courrier International in France. The award is given by the French international magazine for foreign fiction published in France in the previous 12 months.

The winner will be announced on 29 November.

More information: >>>

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Yedioth Achronot: The Hilltop one of three “Most Expected novels this winter”

Yedioth Achronot, Israel’s most popular newspaper, claims The Hilltop is one of the three “most expected novels” to be published in Israel in the coming winter: “An intriguing novel about the illegal settlement Maale Hermesh C”.

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New edition of Ein Schones Attentat is out

The new, “Book in the City” edition of Ein Schones Attentat, is out today in Germany.

Events to mark the award will take place in the Cologne area in November 2012. Details will be published later.

The new edition on Amazon >>>

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Ein Schones Attentat is selected as Cologne’s “Book for the City 2012″

The novel “Ein Schones Attentat” was selected at the city of Cologne’s Book for the City 2012″.

A special edition will be printed and several events will take place in the city during November 2012.

A box-set edition that includes the previous winners of the award (Murakami, Pamuk, Calvino…).

I share this year’s award with Palestinian author Sumaya Farhat Naser.

An article in Koelner Stadt Anzeiger >>>

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Talk of the Nation on NPR

I appeared on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. The show was broadcasted live in front of an audience in Aspen, Colorado. With me on the segment titled “Writers offer alternate lens on modern Middle East” were Iranian-American writers Reza Aslan and Firoozeh Dumas.

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Piece on Haifa Writers Tournament in The Forward

A short piece on the Haifa Writers leagues tournament featuring Germany, Italy and Israel.

Published in the Jewish Daily Forward.

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I will be the Hebrew translator of J.K. Rowling’s new novel

J.K. Rowling’s new novel, The Casual Vacancy (her first for adults), will be published in Israel by Books in the Attic. I will be the translator.

Article in Haaretz (Hebrew) >>>

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Haaretz on the Haifa Writers football tournament

Haaretz published a story on the Haifa International Writers league football tournament, that kicked off yesterday with a draw between Israel and Germany.

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