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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Review of The Hilltop in NRC-Handelsblad, Holland

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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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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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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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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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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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Croc Attack in Holiday recommendation list by leading Greek newspaper

Croc Attack is in the list of 100 recommended readings for the holiday season by the leading Greek newspaper Tovima. The book is one of 8 books on the “political” section, alongside Mario Vargas Llosa and E.L. Doctorow. Read the … Get to know more »

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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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Review of The Hilltop in FAZ (Germany)

Notable German author Eva Menasse wrote a review of the German edition of The Hilltop in Germany’s leading daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeiner Zeitung (FAZ). Here is the full review: SAMSTAG, 30. NOVEMBER 2013 BERUF UND CHANCE Für eine Handvoll Tomaten … Get to know more »

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Review of The Hilltop in Koelner Stadt-Zeitung

Review of the Hilltop in the Koelner Stadt-Zeitung, by Martin Oehlen. Read review (German) >>>

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Review in Jewniverse of Eating Standing Up

“The Israeli writer Assaf Gavron straddles the deathly funny and deathly serious. In his novel Almost Dead, a man survives multiple suicide-bomb attacks and inadvertently becomes a national hero. His clever and subversive work, Eating Standing Up, focuses on an even more volatile target: falafel stands.” … Get to know more »

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Review of “the Hilltop” in Der Tagesspiegel

“This capacity for unconditional openness and thoughtful, ironic narration, makes him the most interesting political writer in his country” Review of “The Hilltop” in Der Tagesspiegel, Germany. Read full review (German) >>>

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Review of the German edition of The Hilltop in qantara.de

“The novel can be read in two very different ways, which, nonetheless, share points of contact. Gavron’s novel could be seen on the one hand as being a social-political tale, and on the other as emphasizing the human and moral … Get to know more »

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Review of The Hilltop in Bazler Zeitung

My father always told me, “as long as they spell your name right, it doesn’t matter what they write.” Well, they didn’t spell my name right, but this is apparently a very good review of The Hilltop in the newspaper … Get to know more »

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Review of “Hydromania” in the Journal of the University of Padova

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Review of Hydromania in WUZ, Italy

“Original and clever, “Hydromania” interprets the fears that we do not even want to admit to ourselves; the books that scare us most, are those that describe an imagined world all too real and possible.” Review of Hydromania in Italian … Get to know more »

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Review of Hydromania in La Nazione, Italy

“Gavron is a truly original writer, among the most innovative voices in the Middle eastern literary scene”. Review of Hydromania in the Italian daily, La Nazione.

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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 … Get to know more »

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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. Read full review (Italian) >>>

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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. Read the review (Italian) >>>

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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 … Get to know more »

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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 … Get to know more »

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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 … Get to know more »

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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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Review of CrocAttack in La Cause Litteraire – France

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CrocAttack is Livre du jour

CrocAttack was selected as book of the day today on French website Livre du jour >>>

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Review of CrocAttack in Lire Magazine (French)

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Review of CrocAttck in Le Figaro Litteraire (French)

   

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Review of Almost Dead in the Boston Bibliophile blog

“I enjoyed Almost Dead as both a thriller and a satire… Almost Dead is a great book for an adventurous reader and I hope to see more from Gavron soon.” Review of Almost Dead in the Boston Bibliophile blog. Read full review >>>  

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Almost Dead on World Lit Up – blog review

“Gavron has written a highly entertaining novel about a problem so complex that a political and territorial resolution has eluded the world’s leaders for over half a century.  Fahmi’s general good-naturedness and Croc’s dark humor won me over quickly.  Both wonder who or what is guiding their … Get to know more »

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Review of Hydromania in hotel Boekenlust, Holland

Review of Hydromania in Dutch website, hotel Boekenlust. Read full review (Dutch) >>>

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Review of Hydromania Dutch edition in Cutting Egde, Belgium

A review of the Dutch edition of Hydromania by Heleen Debruyne in Begian magazine Cutting Edge: A tight plot never losing it’s pace. Sweeps you away, never losing attention. Read full review (Dutch) >>>  

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