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Talking to the Enemy: Stories
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has shaped the consciousness of a generation, but never before has it been brought to life in such vivid and telling prose. Part Tim O’Brien and part Bernard Malamud, Avner Mandelman’s Talking to the Enemy ranges from boisterously entertaining tales of domestic squabbles to dark narratives from disillusioned soldiers. Awarded the Jewish Boo ...more
ebook, 144 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Seven Stories Press
(first published July 1st 2005)
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Mar 24, 2007 Aaron rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of "Munich"
A slim little book with stories about modern-day Israel and Mossad. Thought-provoking and well-written, but way too brief. Avner Mandelman was actually in Mossad and not a professional writer, so unfortunately this is his only book of fiction.
Avner Mandelman lives in the west, including Canada (where this book was printed), but his roots are in Israel, and here are some of his short stories about Israel's realities. They include gritty and raw tales from the universe of hit-men of Israel's secret service, professionals in the art of killing for what they view as a fair cause. If you have seen the film "Walk on Water" (highly recommended!) you may have already visited that universe: the view you get here is less comfortable and more ...more
Jan 28, 2012 Chaundra rated it really liked it · review of another edition
This is a difficult yet hugely introspective set of short stories. The first few deal with the more graphic and popularly villanised side of the Mossad, but which incrementally start to introduce nuance and debatable cultural priorities. These followed by a series of seemingly satirical social pieces, which again gradually increase in complexity and moral difficulty. The final story is an amazing work of allegory that successfully summarises the whole. Extremely well put together and intellectua ...more