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Contemporary Writing in Israel: Can You Avoid Politics?

Hosted By: The Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University

Join Assaf Gavron to explore the role of politics within contemporary Israeli fiction. Does life in such a politically charged environment influence the kind of fiction, and other art forms, created within it? What is the role of authors in such an environment? Are they expected to deal
with political situations – possibly even have an obligation to do so? Or perhaps politics is a burden, a topic that they cannot escape from?

Through a series of examples, from his own experiences, as well as those of his peers, Gavron shows how contemporary Israeli writers deal with these and other questions, both in their fiction and beyond it.

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Assaf Gavron

Assaf Gavron was Born in 1968, and published six novels (Ice, Moving, Almost Dead, Hydromania, The Hilltop and Eighteen Lashes), a collection of short stories (Sex in the cemetery), and a non-fiction collection of Jerusalem falafel-joint reviews (Eating Standing Up). His fiction has been translated into 12 languages. His latest English translation, The Hilltop, was published in 2014 by Scribner. Among the awards he won are the Israeli Prime Minister’s Creative Award for Authors, the Israeli Bernstein Prize for The Hilltop, the DAAD artists-in-Berlin fellowship in Germany, the Buch Fur Die Stadt award in Germany for CrocAttack and the Prix Courrier International award in France for the same novel. His fiction was adapted for the stage in Habima – Israel’s national theatre, and five of his novels were optioned for film or TV by Israeli and international film producers. He is the singer and main songwriter of cult pop group The Foot and Mouth. The group released five albums, six years apart from each other. The next album will be out in 2019. Son of English immigrants, he grew up in a small village near Jerusalem, and currently lives in Tel Aviv, Israel. He lived in the US, UK, Canada and Germany.
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The Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University

The Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University connects the academic world and Northeast Ohio's wider community through innovative and engaging programming. Adults of all ages pursue their love of learning by participating in courses and lectures with internationally renowned scholars and local experts who share their cutting-edge research and current topics of interest.
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