CONTROVERSY OVER THE SIEGE OF TEL AVIV
In mid-April 2019, Hesh’s publisher, Dzanc Books, brought out THE SIEGE OF TEL AVIV with high hopes and a glowing blurb from Stephen King, who said, “Hesh Kestin’s novel is scarier than anything Stephen King ever wrote—and then the fun begins as Israel fights back!” But only a week after a handful of tweets called the book islamophobic, Dzanc pulled SIEGE and declared all copies would be pulped. Within days a new publisher replaced Dzanc’s ebook with an identical one on Amazon and began printing a bound version. Is this novel islamophobic? Readers may judge for themselves by reading the first half free right here.
Looking for more reviews? Don't bother: SIEGE is under literary boycott. The New York Times and other publications that reviewed Hesh's earlier fiction have gone silent. Yes, it can happen here.
Posted: May 28, 2019 | National Post
Its publishers, cowed by the progressive mob, disowned it. Thankfully, author Hesh Kestin has no taste for submission to velvet totalitarians.
I recommend The Siege of Tel Aviv (hereafter Siege), by former journalist Hesh Kestin, a darkly humorous and reality-inspired “what-if” Middle East scenario.
Posted: May 2, 2019 | Commentary Magazine
Two weeks ago, the small indie publisher Dzanc Books announced publication of a new novel by Hesh Kestin. The Siege of Tel Aviv, a clever and witty techno-thriller about a surprise attack against Israel, comes with an impressive endorsement from bestselling author Stephen King: “Hesh Kestin’s novel is scarier than anything Stephen King ever wrote—and then the fun begins as Israel fights back.” But what happened next has, unfortunately, become an all-too-familiar scene in American publishing. A handful of literary activists immediately took to Twitter to denounce the novel as “racist” and “Islamophobic.” They were reacting to online promotional copy, which included this: “While the U.S. and the West sit by, the Moslem armies—taking a page from the Nazi playbook—prepare to kill off the entire population.”
For another perspective on cancel culture,
read Fawzy Zablah's review here.
Posted: May 18, 2019 | TimesOfIsrael
On April 16, Dzanc Books announced its latest release, “The Siege of Tel Aviv,” a novel that imagines an Iran-led attack on Israel that leaves the country decimated.. But the Michigan-based Dzanc Books pulls out just before publication due to a flurry of comments on social media, including from some of its own authors, alleging the book is Islamophobic.
Posted: May 13, 2019 | Jewish Telegraph Agency
On April 16, Dzanc Books announced its latest release, “The Siege of Tel Aviv,” a novel that imagines an Iran-led attack on Israel that leaves the country decimated. Author Hesh Kestin, a former journalist who had already published two novels with the small independent press, said the book was inspired by his experience living in Israel during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Stephen King contributed a glowing blurb.
Posted: May 8, 2019 | Soundcloud
Critically-acclaimed Israeli-American author Hesh Kestin recently released his latest novel, a dystopian fantasy called The Siege of Tel Aviv, only to have it pulled from bookstore shelves hours after its release by a nervous publisher. LBC Radio's Maajid Nawaz interviews Kestin on the ensuing controversy and the real geopolitics behind the fantasy.