Tag Archives: Reviews

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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Reaview of Hydromania in De Republik – Holland

A review of Hydromania by Hans van den bergh in De Republik in Holland: “Gavron is a skillful storyteller who releases very complex material very loosly. An intriguing ‘ecoroman’.” Read full review (Dutch) >>>  

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Review of Hydromania in inejacet, Holland

Review of Hydromania by Nienke van Ijsselmuiden in Dutch website, inejacet. Read review (Dutch) >>>

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Review of Hydromania Dutch edition in Belgian newspaper, De Standaard

Review of Hydromania Dutch edition by Michaël Bellon, in Belgian newspaper, De Standaard. Read Review (Dutch) >>>

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Review of Almost Dead in Case Western University website

“Gavron has crafted a compulsively readable, bleakly funny thriller that covers a lot of ground—lampooning secular Israelis’ superficial distractions and cult of celebrity, blasting the country’s Manichean political discourse, and taking swipes at religious self-righteousness and closed-mindedness, both Muslim and … Get to know more »

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Almost Dead in David Ulin’s 6 favorite books – The Week

“A black comedy about suicide bombing, in which a 30-something Israeli survives three attacks in one week and becomes a national symbol of resilience. The moral heart of the novel, through, resides in a second protagonist, a conflicted Palestinian terrorist … Get to know more »

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Review of CrocAttack in the Bookmunch blog

“I really wanted to like CrocAttack! I did. It’s not a bad idea for a novel.” Review of CrocAttack in the blog Bookmunch. Read full review >>>

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Review of CrocAttack in The Guardian

“A lively but reflective novel, rich in bleak humour and sharp observations.” Review of CrocAttack! by James Smart in the Guardian. Read full review >>>

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Review of Almost Dead in Daily Herald – Utah

“It would be hard to imagine any political, historical or cultural account of the troubles of the Middle East that would lay bare the desolation of its endless, mindless hatred as well as this short novel does.” Review by Laura … Get to know more »

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Review of Alles Paletti in NDR.de

Review of Alles Paletti in the NDR radio (German). Read full review >>>

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Almost Dead among David Ulin’s favorite books of the year – Los Angeles Times

“A black comedy about suicide bombing, written with a deft and telling eye. Narrated, in turn, by an Israeli and a Palestinian, this novel resonates with a moral vision so unrelenting that we can’t help but confront (and more importantly, recognize) … Get to know more »

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Review of Alles Paletti in Badische Zeitung, Germany

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On Almost Dead in Provo City Library

“I doubt any political, historical, or cultural treatises could ever lay bare the disaster of endless, mindless hatred like this short novel does.” On Almost Dead in the Provo City Library Staff Reviews blog. Read full review >>>

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Review of Alles Paletti in Bayern2

Review of Alles Paletti in the radio station Bayern 2′s website (also broadcasted on the radio), by Laura Freisberg. (German) Read full review >>>

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Review and Interview on Alles Paletti in n-tv.de

An interview and a review – both about Alles Paletti, both by Samira Lazarovic, both on the n-tv TV channel’s website, both in German. Read full review >>> Read full interview >>>

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Review of Alles Paletti in Juedische Zeitung, Germany

Review of Alles Paletti in Juedische Zeitung, Germany Jewish magazine. By Sabine Neubert (German). Read full review >>>

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Article on Almost Dead in Haaretz Books

“L.A. Times book editor David L. Ulin considered it to be “brilliant,” and the review in Canada’s Globe and Mail said it painted “a vivid picture of the most insoluble conflict of our time with a master’s hand.” Article on … Get to know more »

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Review of Alles Paletti in Berliner Morgenpost

Review of Alles Paletti in the Berliner Morgenpost by Uwe Sauerwein (German). Read full review >>>

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Review of Almost Dead in Jewish Book Council

“With biting wit and impeccable narrative control, this satisfying, funny, and poignant novel excels in its portrayal of contemporary, day-to-day life in Israel.” Review by Phil Sandick in the Jewish Book Council website. Read full review >>>

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Review of Almost Dead in the Entertainment Realm blog

“A witty, sarcastic gem of a novel about day to day life in Israel with mass chaos going ona witty, sarcastic gem of a novel about day to day life in Israel with mass chaos going on… Almost Dead will … Get to know more »

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Reaview of Almost Dead in Washington Jewish Week

Washington Jewish Week August 12, 2010 Thursday A slice of Israeli life by Rabbi Rachel Esserman The political and social situation in Israel is far more complex than usually portrayed in the American Jewish media. To understand the workings of … Get to know more »

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Review of Almost Dead in Winnipeg Free Press

“This darkly comic and profoundly moving novel should be compulsory reading for everyone who ventures an opinion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” Review of Almost Dead by Sharon Chisvin in the Winnipeg Free Press. Read full review >>>

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