Friendly Fire

Friendly Fire : A Duet

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A couple, long married, are spending an unaccustomed week apart. Amotz, an engineer, is busy juggling the day-to-day needs of his elderly father, his children, and his grandchildren. His wife, Daniella, flies from Tel Aviv to East Africa to mourn the death of her older sister. There she confronts her anguished seventy-year-old brother-in-law, Yirmiyahu, whose soldier son was killed six years earlier in the West Bank by friendly fire. Yirmiyahu is now managing a team of African researchers digging for the bones of man's primate ancestors as he desperately strives to detach himself from every shred of his identity, Jewish and Israeli. With great artistry, A. B. Yehoshua has once again written a rich, compassionate, rewarding novel in which sharply rendered details of modern Israeli life and age-old mysteries of human existence echo one another in complex and surprising ways.
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  • Paperback | 386 pages
  • 106.68 x 172.72 x 27.94mm | 181.44g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0156035545
  • 9780156035545
  • 771,852

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A couple, long married, are spending an unaccustomed week apart. Ya'ari, an engineer, is busy juggling the day-to-day needs of his elderly father, his children, and his grandchildren. His wife, Daniela, flies from Tel Aviv to East Africa to mourn the death of her older sister. There she confronts her anguished brother-in-law, Yirmiyahu, whose soldier son was killed six years earlier in the West Bank by "friendly fire." Yirmiyahu is now managing a team of African researchers digging for the bones of man's primate ancestors as he desperately strives to detach himself from every shred of his identity, Jewish and Israeli.With great artistry, A. B. Yehoshua has once again written a rich, compassionate, rewarding novel in which sharply rendered details of modern Israeli life and age-old mysteries of human existence echo one another in complex and surprising ways. A. B. Yehoshua is one of Israel's preeminent writers. His novels include "Journey to the End of the Millenium, ""The Liberated Bride, "and "A Woman in Jerusalem, " which was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2007. He lives in Haifa. PRAISE FOR A. B.YEHOSHUA "A master storyteller whose tales reveal the inner life of a vital, conflicted nation." -"The Wall Street Journal"
"Wherever this innovative, erudite, suggestive, mysterious writer - a true master of contemporary fiction - points us, there can be no doubt, it is essential that we go." -"The Washington Post"
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PRAISE FOR "A WOMAN IN JERUSALEM" "[An] astonishing new novel . . . Like sacred music, the deepest chords resound."--John Leonard, "Harper's Magazine " "[A] masterpiece, a compact, strange work of Chekhovian grace, grief, wit and compassion."--Warren Bass, "The Washington Post Book World "
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2 8% (25)
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