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The Liar and the City

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

The narrative follows Nuphar, an ordinary girl who works in an ice-cream parlor during the summer. Dozens of customers come in every day, but no one gives Nuphar a second look - she is not one of those girls that the eye lingers on. But everything changes when Avishai Milner comes into the ice-cream parlor. An embittered reality-show runaway, he insults and humiliates her. Deeply offended, Nuphar rushes out to the backyard, and Avishai—who is still waiting for his change—chases after her. “Leave me alone!” she cries with all her 17 mediocre years’ worth of hurt and frustration. Her screams alert the townsfolk, and to her surprise everyone is convinced that Avishai tried to sexually assault her. Now, for the first time in her life, Nuphar finds herself the center of attention. The support that she receives from the community turns her into a kind of Cinderella and the ice-cream salesgirl becomes a Media Princess. But the magic of this Cinderella story comes from her lies about an attack that did not actually happen.

 

"It's a pleasure to read how Ayelet Gundar-Goshen exposes her protagonists with psychological mercilessness." 

Literatur Spiegel

 

"Ayelet Gundar-Goshen has a trained, keen sense of observation. Her narrative is characterized by a deep knowledge of human vulnerability."

Deutschlandfunk Kultur

 

"This novel gives readers the opportunity to consider all aspects of the concept of ‘lying’."

NDR Kultur

 

"A wonderful style of writing that makes the simplest sentences shine.”

Radio Schalom


"Ayelet Gundar-Goshen tempts us. Literary."

ZDF Aspekte

 

"The author’s enthralling, satirical style makes reading Nuphar's story highly enjoyable."

Tagesanzeiger

 

"Gundar-Goshen’s protagonists are very realistic in their own way; Gundar-Goshen shows their abysses as well as their reasons. This is sometimes gloomy, but always entertaining."

Emotion


“With brilliant irony and verbal finesse, the astonished reader is led through the great consequences of a little lie.”

Die Presse


Title The Liar and the City
Author’s Last Name Gundar-Goshen
Author's First Name Ayelet
Language(s) Hebrew, English, German, French, Italian, Dutch
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Achuzat Bayit
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2018
No. Pages 278
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-Shakranit Ve-Ha-Ir
Representation Represented by ITHL

Translations

English: London, Pushkin, forthcoming; New York, Little, Brown, forthcoming

German: Zurich,Kein & Aber, 2017

Italian: Florence, Giuntina, forthcoming

Dutch: Amsterdam, Atlas, forthcoming

French: Paris, Presses de la Cité, forthcoming

Korean: Seoul, Open Books, forthcoming

 
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Professional program of literary translation 2018 September 3rd - November 11th - CITL of Arles (France) November 22 - 27 - Tel Aviv (Israel) Deadline for filing applications with the CITL: Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Details in the link below
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Call for applications English speakers: Stay culture in Paris (deadline: June 12th, 2018)
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Congratulations to Sami Berdugo and Shoham Smith, recipients of the 2018 Bialik Prize, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in Israel!

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The Ministry of Culture and Sport announced the names of the winners of the Arik Einstein Veterans Artists Prize.
A prize of 50,000 NIS was given to each of the 21 artists who worked and are still working to promote Israeli culture in various fields -Music, dance, theater, plastic arts, cinema and literature. In the literature category the winners were Ronny Someck, Jacob Buchan and Shlomit Cohen-Assif. Also, Anat Masiach is among the recipient of the prize for debut literary works. Congratulations!
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The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop November 4th to 10th, 2018 Beit Ben-Yehuda, Jerusalem
After workshops in Berlin, Jerusalem and Straelen, the workshop will return to Jerusalem this spring. This workshop will focus on the participants translations. These are unfinished translations that have not yet been published. These will be sent to all participants. The workshop is open to 10 participants and is intended for literary translators with experience and publications. Workshop facilitators: Anne Birkenhauer and Gadi Goldberg Prerequisites: At least one published translation Duration: November 4th 2018 until November 10th, 2018 Location: Beit Ben-Yehuda, 28 Ein Gedi St., 93383 Jerusalem Participation fee: Participation (Accommodation and meals) is free of charge. Travel / flight expenses will be refunded. For more details and for the documents required for submitting application: Anne Birkenhauer, birkenhauer@013.net and Gadi Goldberg, gadi.goldberg@gmail.com
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Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

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