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Talking To the Enemy (06 Edition)by Mandelman
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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 OBrien and part Bernard Malamud, Avner Mandelmans Talking to the Enemy ranges from boisterously entertaining tales of domestic squabbles to dark narratives from disillusioned soldiers. Awarded the Jewish Book Award when it was published in Canada and supplemented with recent stories, Talking to the Enemy is the powerful American debut of an international favorite.
"Pity" draws the reader through the descending layers of horror of an Israeli soldier who is party to an assassination attempt gone terribly wrong. In "Terror" a man recalls a traumatic childhood incident that taught him family comes first—before justice, before fear. On a lighter note, "Mish-Mash" is a comical tornado set off when a winning lottery ticket is discovered in a less-than-conventional family, best described as "Sholem Aleichem writes Peyton Place on speed" (Montreal Gazette). Underneath their often brash exteriors Mandelmans characters search for reconciliation and fulfillment in a land where conflict is a part of everyday life. Mandelman ensnares readers in intense plot-driven narratives that are pierced through with unexpected and ingenious twists. Beneath the surface of the often sparse prose lies evocative, unanswered questions about humanity. Every story delivers a thoroughly engrossing read with an unforgettable ending.
"Taut, nuanced stories that offer a rich multigenerational chronicle of Israel since its birth."- Kirkus Reviews (starred)
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, "Talking to the Enemy" ranges from boisterously entertaining tales of domestic squabbles to dark narratives from disillusioned soldiers.
“Mandelman’s stories veer from heartbreaking to hilarious, and all of them depict Israel’s desperate fragility and the horrific lengths to which its citizens must go to survive.”—New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)
“[Mandelman] is a cruder writer than Nathan Englander or David Bezmozgis or Todd Hasak-Lowy….But Mandelman ‘s material is richer, and he tells it with more urgency.”—New York Magazine
“Complicates the underside of Israeli culture, teasing out the roots of violence and prejudice in this alternately dark and humorous collection . . . With these agile, vernacular stories, Mandelman takes a clear-sighted yet empathetic view of a fraught nation.”—Publishers Weekly
A New York Times Editor’s Choice, winner of the I.J. Siegal Award for fiction, and featuring Best American Short Stories winners, Talking to the Enemy is an unforgettable collection of stories that “matters matters because it refuses to be easy” —Jerusalem Post.
Born in Israel in 1947, Avner Mandelman served in the Israeli Air Force during the Six Day War and has for four decades split his time between Paris, California, and Canada. Mandelman’s stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories (1995), The Journey Prize Stories (Canada, 2003), and the Pushcart Prize XX (1996).
About the Author
Born in Israel in 1947, AVNER MANDELMAN served in the Israeli Air Force during the Six-Day War and has for four decades split his time between Paris, California, and Canada. Mandelmans stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories 1995, The Journey Prize Stories, and The 1996 Pushcart Prize XX.
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