A darkly comic novel about the bizarre realities of life in Israel today.
Assaf Gavron is a writer and translator. He grew up in Jerusalem, studied in London and Vancouver, and now lives in Tel Aviv. In Israel he has published four novels, a short story collection, and a collection of falafel reviews.
'Unflinching and compassionate.' David Mitchell 'Excellent: smart, funny and authentic.' Joe Dunthorne 'Assaf Gavron has done the impossible: written a darkly funny novel about suicide bombing. In a dazzling display of empathy, Gavron creates two equally compelling narrators, the bomber and his victim. This is a virtuoso work; a pitch-perfect rendering of real Israeli life in all its chaos, energy, humour and terror. I couldn't put it down.' Geraldine Brooks '[An] original and powerful writer... His clear and honest writing blasts right through the cliches and the politically correct surface to touch the chaotic and ambiguous core of the Israeli identity.' Etgar Keret