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Dr. Amin Jaafari, an Arab-Israeli citizen, is a surgeon at a hospital in Tel Aviv. Dedicated to his work, respected and admired by his colleagues and community, he represents integration at its most successful. He has learned to live with the violence and chaos that plague his city, and on the night of a deadly bombing in a local restaurant, he works tirelessly to help the shocked and shattered patients brought to the emergency room. But this night of turmoil and death takes a horrifyingly personal turn. His wife's body is found among the dead, with massive injuries, the police coldly announce, typical of those found on the bodies of fundamentalist suicide bombers. As evidence mounts that his wife, Sihem, was responsible for the catastrophic bombing, Dr. Jaafari is torn between cherished memories of their years together and the inescapable realization that the beautiful, intelligent, thoroughly modern woman he loved had a life far removed from the comfortable, assimilated existence they shared.

From the graphic, beautifully rendered description of the bombing that opens the novel to the searing conclusion, The Attack portrays the reality of terrorism and its incalculable spiritual costs. Intense and humane, devoid of political bias, hatred, and polemics, it probes deep inside the Muslim world and gives readers a profound understanding of what seems impossible to understand.

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"The paradoxical condition of Arab citizens of Israel, of whom there are about a million and a quarter, should be meat and drink to any novelist with the imagination to take it on. To date, only a few have done so, most notably Anton Shammas, A.B. Yehoshua and Emile Habiby, author of the aptly titled 'Secret Life of Saeed: The Pessoptimist.' There is an Israeli Arab on Israel's Supreme Court, and there... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Gripping and dynamic...The Attack is both a plea for peace and a rendering of the Palestinian frustration and fury that this well-heeled Arab-Israeli (Jaafari) once managed to ignore." New York Times

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"Khadra's best and most ambitious novel yet...An audaciously conceived and courageously important novel...Khadra has a mastery of plot that lends this story a propulsive, whodunit energy." The Los Angeles Times

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"Powerful and engrossing...The Attack is a detective story sans detective, suffused with raging grief over what sectarian violence has made of the Islamic world." Booklist

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"A genuine work of art....Every idea expressed, every action that takes place, is solidly grounded in character, in the complex, inconsistent and contradictory elements of human nature." The Philadelphia Inquirer

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"Here the inevitability of evil and the universality of human suffering are more than novelistic themes: they are History in all its excessive reality, tackled in writing that is never less than fully engaged." Le Nouvel Observateur

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"The Attack, Yasmina Khadra's best book, is an urgent, must-read." Paris Match

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"Khadra uses his materials with such mastery and emotional power that the reader is continuously propelled forward." Le Point

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"A brave new novel that tries to get to the heart of the Israeli Arab predicament by setting up a situation in extremis.....Khadra does his best to present an even-handed picture of the individuals who populate Jaafari's expandingly dark world, but too often he falls into predictable typing." Washington Post

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"Khadra's descriptive powers serve him well as he evokes the dramatic stratification of a region riven by religious and ethnic conflict." Miami Herald

About the Author

Yasmina Khadra is the nom de plume of the former Algerian army officer Mohammed Moulessehoul. He is the author of five other books published in English, among them: The Swallows of Kabul, In the Name of God, and Wolf Dreams. He lives in France.

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Mary Beth, October 9, 2006 (view all comments by Mary Beth)
This book is truly disturbing, multi-leveled, and beautifully written. It explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a non-biased stance, delving into each side so thoroughly that you are bound to encounter an angle new to you. These issues are relevant to all of us, but the deeper questions of the book are even more universal: do you really know the people you are closest to? What are your blind spots, and what impact do they have on your life and on your loved ones?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385517485
Subtitle:
Novel
Author:
Khadra, Yasmina
Translator:
Cullen, John
Publisher:
Nan A. Talese
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Israel
Subject:
Tel Aviv (Israel)
Publication Date:
20060509
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.26x5.92x.95 in. .94 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Nan A. Talese - English 9780385517485 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Gripping and dynamic...The Attack is both a plea for peace and a rendering of the Palestinian frustration and fury that this well-heeled Arab-Israeli (Jaafari) once managed to ignore."
"Review" by , "Khadra's best and most ambitious novel yet...An audaciously conceived and courageously important novel...Khadra has a mastery of plot that lends this story a propulsive, whodunit energy."
"Review" by , "Powerful and engrossing...The Attack is a detective story sans detective, suffused with raging grief over what sectarian violence has made of the Islamic world."
"Review" by , "A genuine work of art....Every idea expressed, every action that takes place, is solidly grounded in character, in the complex, inconsistent and contradictory elements of human nature."
"Review" by , "Here the inevitability of evil and the universality of human suffering are more than novelistic themes: they are History in all its excessive reality, tackled in writing that is never less than fully engaged."
"Review" by , "The Attack, Yasmina Khadra's best book, is an urgent, must-read."
"Review" by , "Khadra uses his materials with such mastery and emotional power that the reader is continuously propelled forward."
"Review" by , "A brave new novel that tries to get to the heart of the Israeli Arab predicament by setting up a situation in extremis.....Khadra does his best to present an even-handed picture of the individuals who populate Jaafari's expandingly dark world, but too often he falls into predictable typing."
"Review" by , "Khadra's descriptive powers serve him well as he evokes the dramatic stratification of a region riven by religious and ethnic conflict."
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