The Hilltop

The Hilltop

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Mordantly funny and deeply moving, this award-winning novel about life in a West Bank settlement has been hailed as a€œbrillianta€ (The New York Times Book Review) and a€œThe Great Israeli Novel [in which] Gavron stakes his claim to be Israela€™s Jonathan Franzena€ (Tablet). On a rocky hilltop stands Maa€™aleh Hermesh C, a fledgling outpost of Jewish settlers in the West Bank. According to government records it doesna€™t exist; according to the military it must be defended. On this contested land, Othniel Assisa€”under the wary gaze of the Palestinians in the neighboring villagea€”lives on his farm with his ever-expanding family. As Othniel cheerfully manipulates government agencies, more settlers arrive, and a hodge-podge of shipping containers and mobile homes takes root. One steadfast resident is Gabi Kupper, a former kibbutz dweller who savors the delicate routines of life on the settlement. When Gabia€™s prodigal brother, Roni, arrives penniless on his doorstep with a bizarre plan to sell the a€œartisanala€ olive oil from the Palestinian village to Tel Aviv yuppies, Gabi worries his life wona€™t stay quiet for long. Then a nosy American journalist stumbles into Maa€™aleh Hermesh C, and Gabia€™s worst fears are confirmed. The settlement becomes the focus of an international diplomatic scandal, facing its greatest threat yet. This a€œindispensable novela€ (The Wall Street Journal) skewers the complex, often absurd reality of life in Israel. Grappling with one of the most charged geo-political issues of our time, a€œGavrona€™s story gains a foothold in our hearts and minds and stubbornly refuses to leavea€ (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).someone had given him iPod earphones and said, a€œListen. ... Thisplace, after all, also had the strumming of guitarsand nice melodies, but when the sounds diffused from thewhite earphones into his brain ... a€œAh, ita#39;s you, a€ Shaulit said in a broken voice. ... The generator died and they werena#39;t able to fix it, ita#39;ll be like this all night.

Title:The Hilltop
Author:Assaf Gavron
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2014-10-07


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