Jerusalem Beach

Iddo Gefen
Fiction, Short Stories
ON SALE August 17, 2021
$27.00 / $36.00 CAN | 304pp | 5-1/2 x 8-1/4
ISBN: 9781662600432

For fans of Etgar Keret, a debut collection that fuses the humor of everyday life in Israel with technology’s challenges and the latest discoveries about the human brain.

At once compassionate, philosophical, and humorous, Jerusalem Beach explores contemporary life in all its facets. Following an Israeli geriatric army platoon, the dire consequences of ambition at a scheming tech start-up that tries to share human memories, or an elderly couple searching for a beach that doesn’t exist, Iddo Gefen leads us into a world that’s a step from the familiar. Each story is a foray into the human condition in all its contradictions. Whether ruminating on the stakes of familial love or pitching the reader headlong into the absurdity of success and failure, Jerusalem Beach leaves the reader intrigued throughout.

Optioned for rights by Ryan Gosling, Warner Bros, and Greg Berlanti, and others to be announced soon and originally published in Israel to great acclaim, this debut collection gives a new and unique human perspective about the world in which we live.

Author Iddo Gefen | Astra Publishing House

IDDO GEFEN’s first book, Jerusalem Beach, was a recipient of the Israeli Minister of Culture’s Award in 2017. In 2019, Iddo won the National Library of Israel “Pardes” Scholarship for young writers… read more >>


Born in Israel in 1983, DANIELLA ZAMIR is a literary translator of contemporary Israeli fiction. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in literature from Tel Aviv University, and her master’s degree in creative writing from City University in London. She currently lives in Tel Aviv.