The Hilltop
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The Hilltop

Translated from the Hebrew by Steven Cohen
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

On a rocky, beautiful hilltop stands Ma’aleh Hermesh C, a fledgling community flying under the radar. According to the government it doesn’t exist; according to the military it must be defended. On this contested land, Othniel Assis-under the wary gaze of the neighboring Palestinian village-plants asparagus, arugula, and cherry tomatoes, and he installs goats-and his ever-expanding family. As Othniel cheerfully manipulates government agencies, more settlers arrive, and, amid a hodge-podge of shipping containers and mobile homes, the outpost takes root.

One of the settlement’s steadfast residents is Gabi Kupper, a one-time free spirit and kibbutz-dweller, who undergoes a religious awakening. The delicate routines of Gabi’s new life are thrown into turmoil with the sudden arrival of Roni, his prodigal brother, who, years after venturing to America in search of fortune, arrives at Gabi’s door, penniless. To the settlement’s dismay, Roni soon hatches a plan to sell the “artisanal” olive oil from the Palestinian village to Tel Aviv yuppies. When a curious Washington Post correspondent stumbles into their midst, Ma’aleh Hermesh C becomes the focus of an international diplomatic scandal and faces its greatest test yet.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Assaf
Gavron

Assaf Gavron is the author of seven books, and his fiction has been translated into ten languages.

He has won the Israeli Prime Minister’s Creative Award for Authors, the Book fur die Stadt award in Germany, and the Prix Courrier International award in France. The son of English immigrants, he grew up in a small village near Jerusalem and currently lives in Tel Aviv.

Photograph by Fana Feng

Assaf Gavron is the author of seven books, and his fiction has been translated into ten languages.

He has won the Israeli Prime Minister’s Creative Award for Authors, the Book fur die Stadt award in Germany, and the Prix Courrier International award in France. The son of English immigrants, he grew up in a small village near Jerusalem and currently lives in Tel Aviv.

Photograph by Fana Feng

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Steven
Cohen

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
07/10/2014
Country
Israel
Original Language
Hebrew
Author
Publisher
Scribner
Translator
Steven Cohen
Translation
Translated from the Hebrew by Steven Cohen

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