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Now displaying: October, 2015
Oct 15, 2015

Together with Pushkin Press, Jewish Book Week is delighted to launch the English edition of Ayelet Gundar-Goshen’s One Night, Markovitch, a colourful debut novel tracing the destinies of a group of young people on the eve of WWII. Ayelet Gundar-Goshen will be talking to author and analyst Josh Cohen about her characters and exploring some of the strengths and weaknesses behind the Zionist narrative. The book’s film-rights have already been bought by the director ofEast is East.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen is an Israeli author, scriptwriter and filmmaker. She has won awards for her screenplays and films, as well as winning the Sapir Prize for debut fiction for One Night, Markovitch.

Josh Cohen is Professor of Modern Literary Theory at Goldsmiths College, University of London and a psychoanalyst in private practice. His latest book is The Private Life: Why We Remain in the Dark.

 

Oct 15, 2015

Rich with humour and insight, hailed as “The Great Israeli Novel” (Time Out, Tel Aviv) Assaf Gavron’s prize-winning The Hilltop is a monumental and daring novel about life in a West Bank settlement. Perched between serious ideas and wild satire, vibrantly inventive storytelling and acute realism, its territory is the divisive and disputed realm of the religious settlers. Assaf Gavron will be interviewed by Oxford academic, Sara Hirschhorn.

Assaf Gavron is an award-winning Israeli novelist, translator and musician, currently teaching at the University of Nebraska. He has written five novels, a collection of short stories and recently co-edited the anthology Tel Aviv Noir.

Sara Yael Hirschhorn lectures at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. She is a regular op-ed contributor to Haaretz and other periodicals, as well as a frequent public speaker and consultant on Israeli and Jewish issues.

Oct 15, 2015

Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson returns to Jewish Book Week to discuss his enigmatically titled novel J with John Mullan. The work is a dystopian fiction set in a future where the past has become a dangerous country. Steeped in mystery and interwoven with romance, this compelling novel explores whether the past can ever truly be left behind. Howard Jacobson, wordsmith par excellence, is a tour-de force both on and off the page.

Howard Jacobson is a multi-award winning writer of 13 novels and five works of non-fiction as well as a regular contributor to major newspapers and journals. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question

John Mullan is Professor of English at UCL and Head of Department, specialising in 18th century literature. He is a regular television and radio broadcaster and writes on contemporary fiction for The Guardian

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Oct 15, 2015

AB Yehoshua, one of Israel’s foremost writers and public intellectuals, considers how Jewish culture is now reflected through the prism of contemporary Israeli society. What are the cultural consequences of Israel's recent social and political upheavals? 

AB Yehoshua is the recipient of many prizes, including The National Jewish Book Award and was shortlisted for the first ever International Man Booker. Pushkin Children's Books has recently published his critically acclaimed The Story of Crime and Punishment, the retelling of Dostoyevsky's classic. 

 

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