Saturday, November 04, 2006

Let It Be Morning by Sayed Kashua and Miriam Shlesinger

This is set in a small Arab village in Israel and was a very interesting look at the struggle that everyday life can become in Israel for this minority. Focusing on the life of a journalist at a Jewish newspaper, the protagonist has moved back to his small village as his assignments (along with his paycheck) dry up in the face of increasing tension in Israel. Shortly after moving home the village is surrounded by tanks and the village is cut off from fresh supplies of food, water and waste disposal. As the mood in the village becomes more tense the desperate villagers start to become less and less civil, even to the extent of sacrificing some of their workers in a vain attempt to get the tanks to leave.

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