Red Star, Crescent Moon: A Muslim-Jewish Love Story

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This is a bold tale of clashing cultures. This love story between a Muslim and a Jew, creates a world of characters caught in webs of historical misunderstandings which leads to violence.
This book mixes contemporary and the historical worlds in a bold tale of clashing cultures. The love story between a Muslim and a Jew, documentary film director Aisha and historian Benjamin, is set in modern Spain against the vibrant and colorful background of a film festival, the location ...
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Overview

This is a bold tale of clashing cultures. This love story between a Muslim and a Jew, creates a world of characters caught in webs of historical misunderstandings which leads to violence.
This book mixes contemporary and the historical worlds in a bold tale of clashing cultures. The love story between a Muslim and a Jew, documentary film director Aisha and historian Benjamin, is set in modern Spain against the vibrant and colorful background of a film festival, the location shoot of a Hollywood epic, the seductive intentions of a movie megastar, and the violent actions of terrorists who wish to reclaim that country for Islam. Telling its story in multiple voices, Red Star, Crescent Moon confronts major cultural and political dilemmas of our time, creating a world of characters caught in webs of historical misunderstandings which leads to violence.

"For those of us who have followed Robert Rosenstone's writing career, Red Star, Crescent Moon hits a new peak: a novel with deep historical roots that is also filled with action, romance, and intricate plotting."
?Louis Breger, author, Freud: Darkness in the Midst of Light

"Red Star, Crescent Moon: is not just about the kaleidoscope of history and politics and pop culture: it's about what being human means in the face of terror."
?Leslie Brody, author Red Star Sister

"Like all great love stories, Red Star, Crescent Moon takes place at the dangerous intersection of passion and all that threatens to destroy it."
?James Goodman, author Stories of Scottsboro

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984406289
  • Publisher: New Academia Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

The Caltech professor of history has published a dozen books of history, criticism, memoir, and fiction, including the award winning Romantic Revolutionary: A Biography of John Reed (1975), used in part as the basis of the Academy Award winning film, Reds, on which he served as historical consultant, Mirror in the Shrine: American Encounters in Meiji Japan(1988), a multi-voice, experimental historical narrative which was a History Book Club Selection, and History on Film / Film on History (2006), an examination of history as presented in the visual media. His writings have been translated into eleven languages.
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  • Posted February 17, 2011

    Red Star, Crescent Moon

    Neither Benjamin nor Aisha went to Spain to look for love. Benjamin was there seeing his academic thesis being made into a Hollywood film, starring that handsome super star TJ. Aisha was showing her independent film, one that showed the real Afghanistan in ways that would undoubtedly anger a lot of people. So much so that her life could well be in danger.

    But, when Benjamin and Aisha met, two levels of interaction took place. On the surface, logic took full control. Conversations were respectful but the reality of their differences made any real connection impossible. Somewhere deep within though there was instant knowing and feeling of trust that could not be denied.

    Red Star, Crescent Moon is a love story. I say a love story because this isn't a traditional romance novel. Instead, realistic people complete with baggage are presented. The connection between the characters is instant but cultural differences and past hurts cloud the possibilities. The depth of these complexities is made all the more obvious in the very different accounts that both Benjamin and Aisha share their separate accounts of their courtship. As in life, these accounts tend to be quite dissimilar.

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