Rabbi Donnell & Soni Sanberg are back for
An Evening with a Good Book!
Tuesday, July 1, 6:30 p.m., TBS Library
(bring your dinner)
“A story born out of the tensions between Jewish and Arab Israelis, the debut novel by Arab-Israeli Sayed Kashua has been praised around the world for its
honesty, irony, humor, and its uniquely human portrayal of a young man who
moves between two societies, becoming a stranger to both. Kashua’s nameless
antihero has big shoes to fill, having grown up with the myth of a grandfather who died fighting the Zionists in 1948, and with a father who was jailed for blowing up a school cafeteria in the name of freedom. When he is granted a scholarship to an elite Jewish boarding school, his family rejoices, dreaming that he will grow up to be the first Arab to build an atom bomb. But to their dismay, he turns out to be a coward devoid of any national pride; his only ambition is to fit in with his Jewish peers who reject him. He changes his clothes, his accent, his eating habits, and becomes an expert at faking identities, sliding between different cultures, different schools, different languages, and eventually a Jewish lover and an Arab wife.”
Sayed Kashua is one of Israel’s premier Arab writers in Hebrew. A novelist and columnist for the prestigious Haaretz newspaper, Kashua is acclaimed for his humorous tongue-in-cheek literary style. Among his many awards and honors he won the Prime Minister’s prize for literature in 2004.