The Hilltop

The Hilltop

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Hailed as a€œThe Great Israeli Novela€ (Time Out Tel Aviv) and winner of the prestigious Bernstein Prize, The Hilltop is a monumental and daring work about life in a West Bank settlement from one of Israela€™s most acclaimed young novelists. On a rocky, beautiful hilltop stands Maa€™aleh Hermesh C, a fledgling community flying under the radar. According to the government it doesna€™t exist; according to the military it must be defended. On this contested land, Othniel Assis a€“ under the wary gaze of the neighbouring Palestinian village a€“ plants asparagus, rocket and cherry tomatoes, and he installs goats a€“ 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 settlementa€™s steadfast residents is Gabi Kupper, a one-time free spirit and kibbutz-dweller, who undergoes a religious awakening. The delicate routines of Gabia€™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 Gabia€™s door, penniless. To the settlementa€™s dismay, Roni soon hatches a plan to sell the a€œartisanala€ olive oil from the Palestinian village to Tel Aviv yuppies. When a curious Washington Post correspondent stumbles into their midst, Maa€™aleh Hermesh C becomes the focus of an international diplomatic scandal and faces its greatest test yet. By turns serious and satirical, The Hilltop brilliantly skewers the complex, often absurd reality of life in Israel, and makes a startling parallel between todaya€™s settlements and the kibbutz movement of Gabi and Ronia€™s youth. Rich with humour and insight, Assaf Gavrona€™s novel is the first to grapple with one of the most charged geo-political issues of our time.His unit was sent out on patrol in the Jabalya refugee camp, which the officer who briefed them defined as a€œnot hostilea€ and hence suitable for a company of new recruits. And so, just halfway through boot camp training, he and his fellowanbsp;...


Title:The Hilltop
Author: Assaf Gavron
Publisher:Oneworld Publications - 2014-11-11
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