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The Debba by Avner Mandelman
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Dec 07, 11

really liked it
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Read in December, 2011

Murder mystery set against the backdrop of Israeli history/politics. I find that many Israeli novels (and movies for that matter) are jam-packed with exposing/including all the conflicts (innner and outer) in Israeli society--and this book is no exception. There is the 19 year old who is selected to be a trained assassin, who has to live with the memoiries of what he did. There is the emigrant who is in a relationship with a "shiksa," the woman who chooses Israel over a man who wants to leave, the orange shirt settlers verus the left, etc. What this book also has , though, is a humanized view of the complex personal relationships that develop between Arabs and Israelis.

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