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Almost Dead

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"[An] original and powerful writer.... His clear and honest writing blasts right through the clichés and the politically correct surface to touch the chaotic and ambiguous core of the Israeli identity." --Etgar Keret

"In a dazzling display of empathy, Gavron creates two equally compelling narrators, the bomber and his victim. This is a virtuoso work; a pitch-perfect rendering of real Israeli life in all its chaos, energy, humor and terror. I couldn't put it down." -- Geraldine Brooks

Politically incorrect, provocative, and steeped in wit and irony, Almost Dead is a fast-paced tragicomic novel about the perfectly ordinary madness in today's Middle East.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 127 x 200.66 x 27.94mm | 249.47g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Maps; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061984043
  • 9780061984044
  • 681,952

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Politically incorrect, provocative, and steeped in wit and irony, a fast-paced tragicomedy about the perfectly ordinary madness in today's Middle East

A thirtysomething Tel Aviv businessman, Eitan "Croc" Einoch's life is turned upside down when he narrowly escapes a suicide bombing on the minibus he rides to work. When he lives through a second attack, and then a third, he becomes, reluctantly, a national media celebrity. Naturally, the Palestinian terrorists responsible for the attacks are less than happy. This embarrassing symbol of their failure--this "CrocAttack"--must be neutralized.

Meanwhile, Fahmi Sabih lies in a coma, quarrelling with his conscience. The young Palestinian suicide bomber has learned everything he knows about bombs, targets, and revenge from his brother. So why has Einoch survived? As Fahmi's story unfolds, it becomes clear that their paths are destined to cross again--for there is another bombing still to come--and then luck will change drastically for one or both of them. But who, if anyone, has right on his side?
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Review quote

"Assaf Gavron has done the impossible: written a darkly funny novel about suicide bombing. . . . This is a virtuoso work; a pitch-perfect rendering of real Israeli life in all its chaos, energy, humor and terror. I couldn't put it down."--Geraldine Brooks
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Rating details

483 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 22% (108)
4 39% (186)
3 30% (145)
2 7% (34)
1 2% (10)
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