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Interview by Cary Barbor, Books & Authors
Cary Barbor

Interview by Ilene Prusher on Weekend Edition:
Weekend Edition

"Being Yair Lapid (in English)
The Times of Israel

"Gained in Translations,” The Jewish Week, Fall Literary Guide:
Jewish Week

Light Fell named one of 20 essential reads by Seattle Public Library
Huffington Post

English writing in Israel:

The Jerusalem Post (review and interview); The Next Chapter (video review - don’t miss Michelle’s scream); The Forward's Yid Lit podcast; radio interview on WOMM's Write the Book program;  interview on Cleveland Public Radio (interview starts at the 32:00-minute mark); PEN World Voices Festival in New York Opening Night: Written on Water"and "Translator Rights and Translator Wrongs"); chat with Israeli author Meir Shalev ("Writing, Translating, and What Lies Between").

When We Danced on Water:

“When We Danced on Water is a haunting, beautifully written story about the unlikely friendship between two artists...Fallenberg’s novel is exquisite.” (Edge)

“Fallenberg’s paradoxical propositions of passion as suffering, and that a life without passion is devoid of meaning, leaves us with an insolvable quandary and a Buddhist diagnosis: life is suffering, one way or another.” (Brooklyn Rail)

“The sensitivity that Fallenberg brings to the writing devoted to Teo’s life as a dancer in the Danish Royal Ballet, in the wings and on stage, is passionately evocative.” (Shelf Awareness)

“ enjoyable read...[Fallenberg is] sensitively attuned to the power of individual words. His fluid prose is carefully composed.” (Jerusalem Post)

“Quietly spectacular and emotionally satisfying...Fallenberg achieves the near-impossible, superbly crafting an altogether unique Holocaust story made plausible through utterly gripping realism.” (Miami Herald)

“As their pasts are revealed, an unexpected blessing bears testament to the beauty and the sustainability of their unconventional relationship.” (Booklist)

“The poetic [When We Danced on Water] is read easily in a few sittings, and the light of Tel Aviv, the pure beauty and sensuality of dance and the powerful affirmation of life, are deeply felt.” (New York Jewish Week)

“When We Danced on Water is literary fiction that reads like a long short story. Packed with intensity in both plot and psychology, its effect is disproportionate to its brevity. Reading about Teo and Vivi is like experiencing a lifelong relationship with each protagonist.” (Forward)

“Highly recommended.” (Washington Jewish Week)

“Fallenberg’s precise prose moves fluidly between the delicate and the bold, much like the aging dancer whose story he tells with such elegance. His spare style sneaks up on the reader, enhancing the emotionality inherent in his subject.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Evan Fallenberg’s prose is…as lithe, graceful, and lyrical as the ballet movements he describes… When We Danced on Water is remarkable because it is simultaneously a sprawling, epic, novel…and an intensely intimate character study.” (Colloquium)

“…a unique and interesting novel, thoughtfully executed and beautifully written. (Bookstack)

“…perfectly wrought, and the precise prose delivers a plot that is breathtaking in its devastation. The characters are at once sparsely sketched and fully developed…Consider reading this one for your book club.” (Edge of the Page)

“An impressive new novel.” (Cynthia Ozick)

“Credible and absorbing.” (Publishers Weekly)

“…Light Fell resounds with vibrant prose and lush imagery and handles its controversial subject matter with elegance, honesty and grace. (The Jerusalem Post)

Fallenberg seems to ask the reader to allow the grand old themes - love, knowledge, despair, innocence - to drive a story whose circumstances are distinctly new. …As it stands, "Light Fell" is a brief but touching novel [that] raises brave questions about the nature of family and betrayal, rupture and healing. (San Francisco Chronicle)

“A stirring exploration of obsession, spirituality and the healing power of time. . . . Light Fell is an astonishingly accomplished first novel, wisely attuned to life’s infinitely strange turns.” (The Miami Herald)

Fallenberg’s prose is spare but lyrical, and his handling of the narrative elements elevates the book beyond the cliches of love stories or even coming-out stories…[It] brings to mind Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.  (Cleveland Jewish News)

“Elegant. . . . Moving.” (The Jewish Daily Forward)
[Light Fell] belongs in the category of great literature. -Atara Beck, Jewish Tribune of Canada
 “Evan Fallenberg has written an honest and brave book.” (Binnie Kirshenbaum)

“Powerful.” (Victoria Redel)

“A Great Debut of 2008.” (Rocky Mountain News, Denver)

Evan Fallenberg

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