Pushkin to publish Israeli debut

Pushkin to publish Israeli debut

Pushkin Press is publishing Israeli author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen’s début novel, One Night, Markovitch (February, £10), and it has also bought her second novel, Waking Lions.

Adam Freudenheim, publisher and m.d. at Pushkin, acquired the book after a recommendation from Elena Lappin, literary scout and editor of Pushkin’s ONE imprint, who read the novel in its original language, Hebrew. One Night, Markovitch was published in Israel in 2012 and won the Sapir Prize for Best Début. It has been translated into English by Sondra Silverston.

Freudenheim said: “I think Ayelet’s writing and the passion and universal appeal should attract a wide range of readers in the UK. The sweeping historical backdrop reminded me of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Waking Lions is more of a psychological thriller but it taps into contemporary anxieties about immigration, so I think it has a good chance of going down well.”

Gundar-Goshen is currently adapting One Night, Markovitch for screen.