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Talking to the Enemy: Stories

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  24 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
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.
Stacey Palevsky
Jul 21, 2008 Stacey Palevsky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't read all of these stories (i read half) but loved what I read. A sometimes funny, sometimes disturbing look at Israeli society.
David P
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
Shelves: kindle, israel, travel
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
Sep 15, 2011 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm enjoying the book, even though it is not what I had expected. Also, it makes everyone in early Israel sound like Nazi hunters. Which maybe they were, what do I know.
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Jan 09, 2011 Juanita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again, I love his writing and
the glimpses of the complex Jewish
Arab issues.
B. Glen Rotchin
Feb 21, 2012 B. Glen Rotchin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sholem Aleichem on speed.
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