The Ascent of Eli Israel and Other Stories by Jon Papernick

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In these disturbing, haunting, yet strangely beautiful stories, the terrible carnage of the Middle East is rendered in unforgettable form. In "An Unwelcome Guest," a young Jewish settler from New York plays a deadly game of backgammon with a ghostly old Arab while his pregnant wife sleeps unaware. In "The King of the King of Falafel," a restaurant rivalry ends in apocalyptic violence. And in the brilliant, horrifying title story, a lonely shepherd wanders a broken no-man's land, carrying with him the burden of an unspeakable act. A collection of startling authority and vivid imagination, it heralds the arrival of a masterful new storyteller.
 

About Jon Papernick

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Jonathan Papernick has lived in Israel where he worked as a journalist in the wake of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. He lives and teaches in Brooklyn, New York. Dara Horn, author of the award-winning novels The World to Come and In the Image, is one of Granta's "Best Young American Novelists." She lives with her family in New York City.
 
Published May 1, 2011 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In “For as Long as the Lamp is Burning,” we learn that the only thing worse than a Jewish mother is an Israeli mother, and “The King of the King of Falafel” pits two purveyors of fast-food falafel against one another in a turf war that isn’t all kosher and just might bring the Messiah.

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Papernick was a reporter in Israel after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, and he offers unique insight into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in these seven powerful stories, which approach viole

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In the eerie "An Unwelcome Guest," Yossi, a settler from America, awakes to discover a ghostly Arab, Ziad, who demands he play backgammon and is quickly joined by a horde of other Arabs.

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