The Attack by Yasmina Khadra

The Attack

Yasmina Khadra

Eminent Tel Aviv surgeon Amin Jaafie exemplifies successful Arab/Israeli integration: that is until his beloved wife becomes a suicide bomber. Can he successfully understand how this could happen? Following his quest will lead you into my best read of the year so far (and it's mid-November) though it won't provide much comfort for those of us looking for answers to the 'Middle Eastern Question'.

Extract

'However great your grief, it doesn't give you the right to blaspheme in this way. You talk to me about your wife, and you don't talk to me about your country. You may refuse to have one, but you can't force others to renounce theirs. And those who clamor for a nation of their own are offering up their lives in its Cause, every day and every night. Not for them this dying by degrees, disdained by others and contemptuous of themselves.'

Parallels
  • Let it be Morning by Sayed Kashua
  • The Inspector Lob trilogy by Yasmina Khadra
  • A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear by Atiq Rahimi

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