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Gaza Blues: Different Stories based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
A combination of deadpan/throwaway sketches, by an Israeli author, and one long short story by a Palestinian author. Haven't read the palestinian short story yet, but I was disappointed by the Israeli sketches - there were some interesting ideas (eg a pathologist discovers that a woman who died in a suicide bombing had advanced cancer and would have died soon in any case - should he tell her husband?) - but these are never developed - the author seems to care more about maintaining a flip, throwaway tone in the face of all the violence. Which I am sure makes him very cool, but doesn't do a lot for the stories...Update: The story by Samir El-Youssef is different in style from the first part of the book - one longer story instead of the sketches. But it does make sense to put them together in one book - they share a similar tone - disjointed, affectless and cynical.