A bylo jitro
Sayed Kashua is an Arab-Israeli journalist and novelist who often takes the understandable albeit slightly hypercritical stance of "don't think of me as an Arab-Israel writer just because I'm an Arab-Israeli who writes about Arab-Israelis."
The novel begins with the quasi-autobiographical story of a journalist returning with his wife and daughter to the Arab village where he grew up - this is an interesting touch since it roots the average contemporary reader, probably familiar with Kashua's biog...more
The Israel Arabs, proud of their state citizenship and defining themselves as 'better' than the 'others', still on the West Bank / in the Gaza strip, are faced with a harsh surprise. Tanks are enclosing their village (small town suburb, more like), their power and water supplies ar ...more
(1) reviewers claim the book discusses the "anti-semitism" in the "arab" community in israel and they point to such a discussion as a positive example of the book. however, there were no examples of anti-semitism in the book. rather, the main characters in the book discuss the discrimination they face from israeli jews.
(2) more importantly, however, the community continues to present itself as 'israeli arabs' and to refer to the palestinians of the west bank as 'palest ...more
I'm still reading this, so the # of stars is up for revision, but for now it's a 3-star.
The narrator is very interesting, as is the situation. An Israeli Arab who's a journalist for an Israeli paper (their "arab" guy) who gradually gets marginalized at the paper as Palestinian-Israeli relations worsen and whose Arab village eventually gets blockaded indefinitely. I ...more
I was having similar thoughts while reading this seemingly autobiographical narrative. This guy is quite unlikable. He’s paranoid, needy and untrustworthy. He is low in principles and high in opportunism. Sure, sure, there a ...more
Maybe I will be able to write a review later. For now, my semi-connected ponderings:
It is fascinating to see the "us vs. them" argument when I am on the side of the "them".
It is a reality which I don't think I am allowed to relate to, and yet I think I understand it...
And, I guess that it was intended to be so by the author, given that he writes about an Arab village in Israel, and chooses to do so in Hebrew ...more
Not knowing much about Palestinian life I found d this book very enlightening. I stated reading and could not stop until I was finished. Well written, the author built the tension until it explodes, I felt the stress the characters in the story were feeling. I look forward to reading more from this writer.
Slovak name version: Said Kašua
Sayed Kashua (Arabic: سيد قشوع, Hebrew: סייד קשוע; b. 1975) is an Israeli-Arab author and journalist born in Tira, Israel, known for his books and humoristic columns in Hebrew.
هو كاتب وصحفي فلسطيني إسرائيلي يعيش في القدس ويكتب بالعبرية. ولد سيد قشوع في مدينة الطيرة، مدينة عربية وسط إسرائيل، لأب يعمل موظفا في البنك ولأم تعمل معلمة. ه ...more