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Harper & Row, 1988 - Fiction - 263 pages
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Anton Shammas chronicles his life as an Israeli Christian Arab, dramatizing the bitter clash of traditions in a village on the Galilee just after 1948 and his search for personal identity, which leads through Paris to its climax in Iowa City

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These two novels reflect the turmoil in the divided land from which they stem. Kaniuk, an Israeli Jew, centers the Arab-Israeli conflict in the mind of a "good Arab,'' the son of an Israeli heroine ... Read full review


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About the author (1988)

Shammas is a Christian Arab citizen of Israel who writes novels, poetry, and nonfiction works in Hebrew. He draws heavily upon his heritage and the cultural distinctions among Arabs and Israelis in his work. His narrative style, with its epic scope and multiple levels of plot and theme, has been compared to that of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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