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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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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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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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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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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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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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Introduction to a reading of The Hilltop in University of Denver

“His work is poignant, and I mean this in the original sense of the term; that is, piercing and cutting. Gavron’s novels are books that teach, but escape didacticism because they do not have an agenda. They are poignant because … 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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Interview in Book Inc., Connecticut book website

“literature has a way of returning us to the human that is paradoxically both individual and universal, raising questions that defy simple answers.” Interview published in Book Inc., ahead of my event in Madison, CT Read full interview >>>

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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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Podcast on The Hilltop, TLV1 radio

Podcast on The Hilltop, in Marcela Sulak’s literary program Israel in Translation, on TLV1 radio. Listen to the podcast >>>

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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 The Hilltop in Publishers Weekly

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Tweet about the Hilltop from Belgium

Belgian TV journalist Patrick van Gompel with a nice tweet on The Hilltop Fascinating, humorous, essential, smart. The Hilltop (De Nederzetting) @agavron A 5 stars book! @NWADAM pic.twitter.com/abLMGNOLpt — Patrick Van Gompel (@PVanGompel) August 15, 2014

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Interview in The Ilanot Review

“I tend to do a lot of research, probably too much. As someone who lives in Tel Aviv and who is secular, I needed to at least connect to the place, to the people and to the synagogue. I needed … Get to know more »

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The Hilltop out in Holland

The Hilltop was published in Dutch translation by publisher Nieuw Amsterdam. The book’s page on the publisher’s website >>> Online shop >>> Sample of first chapters and info (Dutch) >>>

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Interview in the Jerusalem Report

“America has always fascinated me, and I mean the heart of America not just New York or L.A.” An interview about The Hilltop (which WAS on the bestsellers lists despite what is claimed there…), The Jerusalem Book Fair and more … Get to know more »

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Photo exhibition in New York

This photo of me is part of an authors portraits exhibition starting in New York next week, The Last Line, with photos by German photographer Heike Steinweg. Each author represented also contributed a short text relating to the concept of … Get to know more »

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Bernstein Prize jury arguments for awarding The Hilltop

This is the text from the jury of the Bernstein Prize 2013, explaining why they have awarded the prize to The Hilltop: Assaf Gavron has written one of the most important and interesting books of recent years. The Hilltop is … Get to know more »

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Reading in Berlin Literaturhaus

Reading and discussing The Hilltop in the literaturhaus tonight, aspart of the German-Israeli literatue days 2014 in Berlin. With German author Martin Schauble, moderated by Arne Schneider. Comment and photo by German author Norbert Kron: ssaf Gavron bei den “Deutsch-Israelischen … Get to know more »

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Reading in Stuttgart

Reading and discussion on The Hilltop in the beautiful new library in Stuttgart tonight. Moderator: Anat Feinberg, professor of Hebrew fiction at Heidelberg University.

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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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Interview in Times of Israel

Interview in the Times of Israel, on The Hilltop, translations and more. Written by Jessica Steinberg. Read article >>>

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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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Interview about The Hilltop in Deutsche Welle, Germany

Interview and article in the Deutsche Welle website, by Andrea Kasiske. This is the text version of the TV story broadcast on 3SAT Kulturzeit last month. Read the article (German) >>>

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Interview about The Hilltop in Austrian magazine, Wiener Zeitung

Interview by Christina Hoeferer in Austrian newspaper, Wiener Zeitung. Read article (German) >>>

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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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