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By Yoram Kaniuk

ISBN-10: 1590176480

ISBN-13: 9781590176481

Sixty years after combating in Israel's struggle of Independence, Yoram Kaniuk attempts to recollect what precisely did--and did not--happen in his time as a teenage soldier within the Palmach. the result's a touchingly poignant and hauntingly appealing memoir that the writer himself considers a piece of fiction, for what's reminiscence yet one's personal tale concerning the past?

Eschewing self-righteousness in prefer of self-criticism, Kaniuk's booklet, winner of the 2010 Sapir Prize for Literature, is the story of a more youthful guy advised through his older, wiser self--the self who realizes that wars are unnecessary, and that he and his pals, younger males from solid houses forming an offbeat band of brothers, have been mindless to determine glory within the prospect of demise younger. however it is additionally a painful, surprising, and tragically appropriate homage to the significance of bearing witness to the follies of the prior, even--or especially--when they're one's own.

Translated from the Hebrew by way of Anthony Berris.

Yoram Kaniuk, considered one of Israel's prime writers, used to be born in Tel Aviv in 1930. After being wounded in Israel's 1948 struggle of Independence, he moved to manhattan for 10 years. A novelist, painter, and journalist, Kaniuk has released novels, memoirs, brief tales, nonfiction, and books for kids and teenagers. Named an Officer in France's Order of Arts and Letters in 2012, Kaniuk is usually the recipient of the Méditerranée Étranger (2000), the Newman Prize (2006), the Kugel Prize for Lifetime success (2008), the France-Israel starting place Award (2010), and the Sapir Prize (2010). In 2011, he acquired an Honorary Doctorate from Tel Aviv collage. Kaniuk's books were released in 20 languages.

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Every time he woke up his first thought was that there must be some kind of way past, or round, or even through, this horrible feeling; whenever he had been upset about anything before, there had usually turned out to be some kind of answer – one that mostly involved telling his mum what was bothering him. But there wasn’t anything she could do this time. She wasn’t going to move him to another school, and even if she did it wouldn’t make a whole lot of difference. He’d still be who he was, and that, it seemed to him, was the basic problem.

His friends Nicky and Mark were already there, playing Tetris on Mark’s Gameboy. He went over to them. ’ Nicky said hello, but Mark was too absorbed to notice him. He tried to position himself so he could see how Mark was getting on, but Nicky was standing in the only place that offered a glimpse of the Gameboy’s tiny screen, so he sat on a desk waiting for them to finish. They didn’t finish. Or rather, they did, but then they just started again; they didn’t offer him a game or put it away because he had arrived.

He never managed to strike up much of a rapport with Maisy, Angie’s mysteriously sombre five-year-old, who seemed to regard him as frivolous to his core. But Joe, the three-year-old, took to him almost at once, mostly because during their first meeting Will held him upside-down by his ankles. That was it. That was all it took. He wished that relationships with proper human beings were that easy. They went to McDonald’s. They went to the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. They went on a boat down the river.

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