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A bylo jitro

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  567 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Protagonista této mimořádné knihy je arabský novinář, který vystudoval izraelské školy. Píše hebrejsky a pracuje jako reportér pro izraelské noviny. Jeho národnost mu umožňuje přístup do arabského prostředí a on pro své noviny přináší pravidelné reportáže o událostech na Západním břehu. Ale po dvoudenních násilných potyčkách, při nichž izraelská armáda potlačí palestinské ...more
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Pistorius & Olšanská (first published 2004)
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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

Miriam Cihodariu
Just as bitterly funny as 'Dancing Arabs', but with a much darker and serious note. The atmosphere is one of uncertainty and paranoia (a partially justified one, actually), where the tension is prolonged indefinitely.

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
Rania Masri
This is a problematic book.
(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
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Andrew Jacobson
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Nov 08, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Update: after finishing it, I'm rounding it out at a solid 4 stars. It gets better and better and proves its narrative construction.

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
Etha Frenkel
A very disturbing book on several levels. First, the horrible, kafkesque predicament the village unexpectedly and inexplicably finds itself in. Second, the narrator/protagonist and his negative attitude to everything. If there is a natural tendency to identify and sympathize with him he systematically destroys this. This includes the grotesque picture of the Arab village which he draws. All negative. At first I was relieved that at least his immediate family came out all right but then the memor ...more
Jaana Ylikangas
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Different from the columns in Haaretz that I´ve been following for years and grew tired of. I have to admit that I read the book between the lines all the time. This is many books in one, as stated in at least another review. I also conceived it as other fates than the Palestinian. I had a philosophical problem I didn´t know of. This is a book that I needed but didn´t know it. It doesn´t seem like an important book but it is, at least for me. I haven´t been ignorant to start with so I´m startled ...more
Dec 18, 2015 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was a good book. I thought it started a little slow but it was needed for background information and leading in. Once you got past the beginning the book was good. I could not relate to the author very well but it was interesting in the way the story was told and his thinking through the challenges that he had and the things he did. The setting was interesting and was cool to see a person's view and thinking of what it is like in his village. Overall it was an okay book.
Mar 31, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I just could not officially finish this book. I'm still not officially sure how to do this properly... ...more
Samar Dahmash Jarrah
No one consulted the Palestinians on the Peace Process. No one cared. This is what I think this story is about.
Sep 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A friend of mine read this book before I did and said: “I cannot believe the way he talks about his wife. It’s humiliating. Does she even KNOW he writes these things about her? Most probably not, right? I cannot imagine her READING this stuff and choose to still BE with him!”

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
Yuri Meshman
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting story with post-apocalyptic elements. And, it has an English translation.

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
Feb 07, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really didn’t enjoy reading this book. The subject matter is not enjoyable and the writing style left me cold. I found the style of writing extremely wooden and am not sure whether this is his style or whether it has anything to do with the translator. I didn’t like the main character – I didn’t enjoy the way he spoke to his wife and felt he had no backbone. Whilst the subject matter is difficult and heart-rending, it just didn’t touch me emotionally, unlike Mornings in Jenin, due to the writi ...more
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel is hard to describe. Fantasy fable about the cognitive dissonance of being an Israeli Arab is the closest I can get. The writing is deceptively simple—the more I think about it, the more thematically artful and complex I see it is. The story takes place over less than a week, but during a time of extreme tumult for the characters and their community. And I think that’s all I can (or should) say, other than read it!
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An important and timely book about how quickly the 'othering' of minorities can lead to humanitarian disasters, and the sense of futility and frustration that comes from living as a member of a minority in such a society. While the book is specifically about Israeli Arabs and their relationship to the state, the lessons can and should be applied more broadly in countries wallowing in the throes of nationalism. ...more
John Parks
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Diego Palomino
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well done

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.
Barbara O'brien
The heart-breaking, harrowing novel depicts a family of Israeli Palestinians before, during, and after the Oslo accords. Frustrations abound.Let It Be Morning ...more
Jan Baugh
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read, really able to feel the emotions of the main character. Almost felt I was there with him.
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book, great hyporbolic storyline, awesome thought-provoking ending saved for the very last pages. Real talent.
May 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. Sayed Kashua is a sufficiently talented writer, but all his books are the same. The plot, characters, struggles, everything.
Golan Schzukin
I have enjoyed every book of Sayed so far
Carly Vair
An important story somewhat dulled by a repetitive writing style and unlikeable narrator.
Abigail Blake
It was an interesting book about a topic I did not know much about. You could feel the tension in the writing.
Jim Leffert
May 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second novel (published in 2004) by Sayed Kashua, an Israeli Arab who has also created a popular show on Israeli television, Arab Labor, which pokes fun at relationships between Israeli Jews and Arabs. The protagonist narrator is a 28-year old Israeli Arab journalist, employed by a Hebrew language newspaper in Tel-Aviv. Feeling increasingly marginalized and rejected by the mainstream Israeli society in the wake of the Second Intifada, he retreats from Tel Aviv to his home village, dr ...more
Much like the protagonist of this unsettling novel, the author is an Israeli Arab who has worked as a journalist for a liberal Israeli newspaper (Ha'aretz). When he becomes a father, he moves his wife and baby from Tel Aviv back to their home village, where life is instantly claustrophobic. At first, the noose is social, as their world shrinks from the cross-cultural cosmopolitanism of Tel Aviv, to the insular world of extended family in a small village. Then, when the Israeli Army seals the vil ...more
Jayne Charles
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a slow burner, but well worth sticking with. At the start it appeared to be about an Arab, living in Israel, who exudes dissatisfaction about everything - his career, his home village, the city where he used to live, his parents, his wife....the list goes on. As the story progressed, I found it increasingly informative. I like a book that challenges my ignorance - and for starters I didn't realise there were Arabs who counted themselves Israeli citizens, and were happy to remain so. Thi ...more
Jan 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1) This book highlights what it is like to be an Arab-Israeli and the complexities of being an Arab-Israeli living in a Jewish city. The protagonist displays a sense of regret when he states "how I hate myself for trying to believe I was really one of them...I never managed to feel like I was one of them. They always made me feel like an outsider" (170). At one point he feels sorry for the Arab-Israelis, who are in denial about the blockade, because they believe in their Citizenship. There is al ...more
Andy Oram
I find three different books inside this one, all inducing the sense of relentless despair appropriate to the source of the book's title (Deuteronomy 28:67). The first aspect of the book is a paranoid, Kafkaesque story of a siege that represents--in a highly exaggerated form--the indignations and oppression that Palestinian Arabs feel, not only in Israel but in the rest of the world. The second aspect, which is my favorite, is an invented memoir retelling the main narrator's struggles as a child ...more
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Czech name version: Sajjid Kašua.
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

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