The Attack by Yasmina Khadra

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From the bestselling author of The Swallows of Kabul comes this timely and haunting novel that powerfully illuminates the devastating human costs of terrorism.Dr. Amin Jaafari is an Arab-Israeli surgeon at a hospital in Tel Aviv. As an admired and respected member of his community, he has carved a space for himself and his wife, Sihem, at the crossroads of two troubled societies. Jaafari’s world is abruptly shattered when Sihem is killed in a suicide bombing.As evidence mounts that Sihem could have been responsible for the catastrophic bombing, Jaafari begins a tortured search for answers. Faced with the ultimate betrayal, he must find a way to reconcile his cherished memories of his wife with the growing realization that she may have had another life, one that was entirely removed from the comfortable, modern existence that they shared.

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About Yasmina Khadra

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Yasmina Khadra is the feminine pseudonym adopted by Mohammed Moulessehoul to avoid military censorship. Moulessehoul was born in the Algerian Sahara in 1955 and at one time was an officer in the Algerian military. His recent fiction trilogy on Middle Eastern realities—The Swallows of Kabul, The Attack, and The Sirens of Baghdad—has been widely acclaimed and translated. Moulessehoul is now retired from the military and living in France. Donald Nicholson-Smith and Alyson Waters are both seasoned translators. This is their first translation together.
Published May 8, 2007 by Anchor. 274 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Horror, History, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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But Amin feels betrayed, doubly so when he suspects, on flimsy evidence, that Sihem was having an affair with his nephew Adel, whom he tracks down in Jenin after scary encounters with Intifada leaders.

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The New York Times

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At the beginning of "The Attack," in what will prove to be an exasperating "Twilight Zone" twist, an Arab-Israeli surgeon in Tel Aviv is almost killed in a terrorist bombing.

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The New York Times

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Yet Khadra's two novels about the Algerian civil war were not at odds with the military's version of events: his fiction excoriated Islamist rebels, focusing on their brutalized victims.

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The Guardian

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Though one of his Jewish patients spits in his face, and he is stopped and searched four times by Israeli coppers on the way home, Amin only wakes up to his own misfortune (and the reader to the black dramatic irony) when he learns that Sihem has been killed in the bombing.

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Publishers Weekly

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Khadra, the pseudonym of Mohammed Moulessehoul, an exiled Algerian writer celebrated for his politically themed fiction (The Swallows of Kabul ), turns his attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in this moving novel unlikely to satisfy partisans on either side of the issue.

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BC Books

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In a more personal level, the last time we visited Israel we had to take our son to the hospital (my wife's worst nightmare coming true).

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Book Reporter

(Translator John Cullen must have been tested to the limit in capturing the passion and color of Khadra's original French text.) Khadra uses the distance of his outsider's eye with sensitivity and intelligence to portray the individual and collective personalities that ebb and flow around Jaafari...

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Gather Books

Dr. Amin Jaafari is the poster-boy for integration at a Tel Aviv hospital.

Aug 27 2007 | Read Full Review of The Attack

Seattle PI

The Attack by Yasmina Khadra is a fictional book set in Israel and the West Bank.

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A well-esteemed Palestinian surgeon working in Israel is overtaken by an all-consuming need to comprehend seemingly inexplicable circumstances after learning that his wife died in a suicide bombing in "The Attack."

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