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The Last Interview

(2020)
A novel by

 
 
From the internationally best-selling author of Three Floors Up, a literary page-turner that delves into the deepening cracks in a carefully constructed public persona.
 
A writer tries to answer a set of interview questions sent to him by a website editor. At first, they stick to the standard fare: Did you always know you would be a writer? How autobiographical are your books? Have you written any stories you would never publish? Usually his answers in these situations are measured, calculated, cautious. But this time, when his heart is about to break and his life is about to crumble, he finds he cannot tell anything but the truth. The naked, funny, sad, scandalous, politically incorrect truth.

Every question the writer tackles opens a door to a hidden room of his life. And each of his answers reveals that at the heart of every truth, there is a lie—and vice versa. Surprising, bold, intimate, and utterly engrossing, The Last Interview shows just how tenuous the lines are between work and life, love and hate, fact and fiction. And in exploring the many, often contradictory facets of an Israeli author’s identity, Eshkol Nevo also gives us a nuanced, thought-provoking portrait of a country at odds with itself.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Eshkol Nevo writes beautifully, funnily, and wisely about men and women…Friendship, envy, love, misery, endurance—he captures the lot." - Roddy Doyle

"The Last Interview is a compelling, layered portrayal of friendship, family, and identity. Formally inventive and propulsive, Nevo braids threads of the political and personal with nuance and sensitivity." - Amy Feltman

"Beautifully woven and suffused with emotional honesty, tenderness, and heartbreak, The Last Interview is a riveting, insightful meditation on the perils and possibilities of fiction." - Amy Gottlieb

"Eshkol Nevo is a brilliant literary chemist who succeeds in extracting from daily life’s most mundane events the deepest crystallized essence of the contemporary Israeli psyche." - Etgar Keret

"Like J. M. Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello, Eshkol Nevo tells us one writer’s views of the world as he answers a series of questions posed in an online interview. His unflinchingly honest responses—on work, marriage, children, friendship, envy, guilt, and even the soul of Israel itself—make for an affecting portrait of a modern Israeli man looking for the truths of his life. The narrator reaches deep within my heart as he asks the ultimate question: How can we love, knowing there will be loss?" - Elayne Klasson

"In Eshkol Nevo’s extraordinary The Last Interview, a writer reflects on that which sustains and troubles the human heart, including the fragility of love, the friability of truth, the constancy of friendship, and the certainty of loss. Through engaging prose, poignant storytelling, and the sorrowful yet irresistible voice of Nevo’s unforgettable narrator, we are asked to consider the question: How should we be in the world? Always heartfelt and often heartbreaking, The Last Interview is ultimately a balm for those of us living in these troubled times." - Judith Claire Mitchell

"Eshkol Nevo is a fascinating storyteller who gives the reader a broad and diverse picture of Israeli society." - Amos Oz

"Eshkol Nevo’s The Last Interview is a generous, graceful book—at once wry and raw, mournful and hopeful, ironic and tender. This book is a moving story of loss, love, and friendship, a thoughtful meditation on the porous borders between reality and fiction, and a true joy to read." - Moriel Rothman-Zecher


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October 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Last Interview: A Novel
Author(s): Eshkol Nevo
ISBN: 1-63542-987-0 / 978-1-63542-987-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Other Press
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October 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Last Interview: A Novel
Author(s): Eshkol Nevo, Sondra Silverston - translator
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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October 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Last Interview: A Novel
Author(s): Eshkol Nevo
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