Matti Friedman: Pumpkinflowers - A Soldier's Story
This event took place on Sunday 5 March 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.
In an astute and moving exposé of war’s futility – part memoir, part reportage – award-winning writer and journalist Matti Friedman, in conversation with Hugo Rifkind recounts in his nonfiction work Pumpkinflowers the fate that befell an Israeli military outpost on the Lebanese borders in the 1990s. A lyrical yet devastating insight into the day-to-day realities of war, and a powerful coming-of-age narrative, Pumpkinflowers casts an unflinching look at the nature of modern warfare, in which there is never a clear victor and innocence is not all that is lost.
Matti Friedman’s first book, The Aleppo Codex, translated into multiple languages, was the recipient of many awards, including the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize. His reporting has taken him from Israel to Lebanon, Morocco, Moscow, and the Caucasus, and his writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He is a regular contributor to Tablet.Two essays he wrote about media coverage of Israel after the 2014 Gaza war triggered intense discussion and have been shared together on Facebook more than 100,000 times. He was born in Toronto and lives in Jerusalem.
Hugo Rifkind is an award-winning Edinburgh-born journalist who writes columns for The Times, The Spectator and GQ. He writes the satirical column My Week on Saturdays and is a frequent panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz.