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By Sayed Kashua, Miriam Shlesinger

ISBN-10: 1555846610

ISBN-13: 9781555846619

A narrative born out of the tensions among Jewish and Arab Israelis, the debut novel by way of twenty-eight-year-old Arab-Israeli Sayed Kashua has been praised worldwide for its honesty, irony, humor, and its uniquely human portrayal of a tender guy who strikes among societies, turning into a stranger to both.

Kashua’s anonymous antihero has tremendous footwear to fill, having grown up with the parable of a grandfather who died struggling with the Zionists in 1948, and with a father who used to be jailed for blowing up a faculty cafeteria within the identify of freedom. while he's granted a scholarship to an elite Jewish boarding university, his family members rejoices, dreaming that he'll develop as much as be the 1st Arab to construct an atom bomb. yet to their dismay, he seems to be a coward with out any nationwide satisfaction; his basically ambition is to slot in along with his Jewish friends who reject him. he alters his outfits, his accessory, his consuming behavior, and turns into a professional at faking identities, sliding among assorted cultures, assorted colleges, assorted languages, and finally a Jewish lover and an Arab wife.

With clean candor and self-deprecating wit, Kashua brings us a protagonist whose maximum accomplishment is his skill to vanish. In a land the place own and nationwide identities are synonymous, Dancing Arabs brilliantly maps one man’s fight to disentangle the 2, basically to tragically and unavoidably forfeit either.

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I took the key, and as soon as I put it in the lock, Grandma said, “Turn it gently. ” White dresses were hanging in one section, and in the other were shelves with towels, folded sharwals, and stockings. No underpants. Grandma didn’t wear underwear, just sharwals. The sheepskin prayer rug was on the bottom shelf. She’d made it herself: bought the sheep on ‘id el-fitr, skinned it, salted it, and dried it in the sun. On the top shelf she’d put an enormous blue suitcase, the one she’d taken on her hajj a few years earlier.

She had her mind set on making my grandmother’s life miserable for marrying her father, as if she wanted to keep him to herself. Once Grandpa hit Grandma because of her. ” It was all a lie, as it turned out afterward, but after what? After Grandpa gave Grandma a beating. Because that’s how it is with the badal. You hit that one, I’ll hit this one. You throw yours out of the house, I’ll throw mine out of the house. That’s how you keep your wives in check. It’s a kind of guarantee. “But he was good to you,” Amneh tells her, and jabs her with her knee.

I tried to picture my grandma younger, but I couldn’t. I always saw her as an old woman, just the way I knew her, with her faltering legs and her white dress, lying on top of that crying baby who didn’t know he had no father, and I could picture the shells falling beside her in the wheat fields of Tira, and how only by some miracle she wasn’t hurt. She gets up, grabs the baby, runs a little farther (until the plane comes back to drop some more bombs), and falls to the ground again. My grandma always says that if war breaks out we mustn’t stay inside the house because it’ll collapse on top of us.

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