Talking to the Enemy: Stories

Talking to the Enemy: Stories

by Avner Mandelman
     
 

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"Awarded the Jewish Book Award when it was published in Canada and supplemented with recent stories, Talking to the Enemy is the 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… See more details below

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"Awarded the Jewish Book Award when it was published in Canada and supplemented with recent stories, Talking to the Enemy is the 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, Mandelman's characters search for reconciliation and fulfillment in a land where conflict is a part of everyday life.

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Publishers Weekly
Mandelman, an Israeli living in Toronto, complicates the underside of Israeli culture, teasing out the roots of violence and prejudice in this alternately dark and humorous collection, which won the Jewish Book Award when first published in Canada. Mickey, a Mossad agent and son of Holocaust survivors, narrates several pieces spanning his lifetime, including "Terror," in which he betrays his five-year-old brother and suffers a beating from his father, learning the hard way that "family comes first," a lesson that morphs into his reigning ideology: "Is it good for my people?" "Pity" details the disastrous results-and the chink in Mickey's hardened, vengeful bluster-when he and his colleagues botch a two-week stake-out of a Nazi war criminal in Paris. In "Black," the young narrator recalls his Ashkenazi family's unlovely rejection of his cousin's dark-skinned Moroccan bride. Mandelman strikes a lighter note with the hilariously convoluted "Mish-Mash," about Uncle Nathan Berkovitch's polygamous household-his concubine, his two wives and one of their lovers-and their conflict over a winning lottery ticket. With these agile, vernacular stories, Mandelman takes a clear-sighted yet empathetic view of a fraught nation. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781583226698
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Publication date:
07/01/2005
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.57(d)

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