Let It Be Morning by Sayed Kashua

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In his debut, Dancing Arabs, Sayed Kashua established himself as one of the most daring voices of the Middle East. In his searing new novel, a young Arab journalist returns to his hometown — an Arab village within Israel — where his already vexed sense of belonging is forced to crisis when the village becomes a pawn in the never-ending power struggle that is the Middle East. Hoping to reclaim the simplicity of life among kin, the prodigal son returns home to find that nothing is as he remembers: everything is smaller, the people are petty and provincial. But when Israeli tanks surround the village without warning or explanation, everyone inside is cut off from the outside world. As the situation grows increasingly dire, the village devolves into a Darwinian jungle, where paranoia quickly takes hold and threatens the community's fragile equilibrium.

With the enduring moral and literary power of Camus and Orwell, Let It Be Morning offers an intimate, eye-opening portrait of the conflicted allegiances of the Israeli Arabs, proving once again that Sayed Kashua is a fearless, prophetic observer of a political and human quagmire that offers no easy answers.

About Sayed Kashua

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Sayed Kashua was born in 1975 in the Galilee and studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He writes a weekly column for Ha'aretz, Israel's most prestigious newspaper.
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press, Black Cat. 292 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Thus the move home feels like a step backward, or worse, since the town has declined in safety and civility: Gang-bangers with Uzis shake down local storekeepers, and Arabs with Israeli citizenship exploit illegal Palestinian day workers.

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Let It Be Morning by Sayed Kashua, translated by Miriam Shlesinger 271pp, Atlantic Books, £8.99 The Illusion of Return by Samir El-Youssef 154pp, Halban, £12.99 With diaspora and displacement among the defining conditions of Palestinian life since 1948, Palestinian literature has found expression...

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Kashua's second novel (after Dancing Arabs ) illuminates the lives of Israel's Arab minority.

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For instance, in order to survive in the Jewish world, the narrator denounces the Islamic movement, criticizes the Arab leadership in Israel, and expresses his gratitude every time someone tells him that "Israeli Arabs really ought to say thank you."

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