Revenge

Revenge : A Story of Hope

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'Should be required reading at the White House' Guardian

In Jerusalem 1986, a member of a rebel faction of the PLO shot Laura Blumenfeld's father. He survived, but Blumenfeld was haunted by a desire for revenge.Travelling across Europe, the United States and the Middle East, Blumenfeld talked to Yitzhak Rabin's assassin, members of the Albanian Blood Feud Committee, the chief of the Iranian judiciary, the mayor of Palermo, an Egyptian heroin smuggler, the Israeli prime minister and the military chief of staff - as well as priests, prostitutes, sports fans and schoolgirls. Her aim was seemingly simple: to understand the mechanics and the psychology of vengeance. Ultimately, however, her journey led her home, where she found herself forced to confront her childhood, her parents' failed marriage and her ideas about family. In the end, her target turned out to be more complex - and in some ways more threatening - than the stereotypical terrorist she had long imagined.

'Her work is really two books. First, it is a personal account of her own desire for revenge on the man who hurt her father and how she resolved this issue. Second, it is a journalistic exploration of the motivation and mechanisms for revenge across the globe' Scotsman

'Compelling . . . This is an intelligent and genuinely optimistic book' Daily Mail
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 124 x 196 x 26mm | 358.34g
  • PICADOR
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0330493604
  • 9780330493604
  • 1,217,630

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'Should be required reading at the White House' Guardian 'Her work is really two books. First, it is a personal account of her own desire for revenge on the man who hurt her father and how she resolved this issue. Second, it is a journalistic exploration of the motivation and mechanisms for revenge across the globe' Scotsman 'Compelling... This is an intelligent and genuinely optimistic book' Daily Mail
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About Laura Blumenfeld

Laura Blumenfeld holds a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University and has been a staff writer at the Washington Post since 1992. She has also written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Elle and the Los Angeles Times. She currently lives in New York City.
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237 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
5 25% (59)
4 34% (80)
3 30% (70)
2 9% (22)
1 3% (6)
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