Khadra, Yasmina. The Attack, a novel.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Brief article - Book review

KHADRA, Yasmina. The attack, a novel. Tr. from the French by John Cullen. Random House, Anchor. 257p. c2006. 978-0-307-27570-7. $13.95. SA*

Within relatively few pages, The Attack tells us so much about the complex realities of life in modern Israel. The narrator is a much-honored surgeon in Tel Aviv, Dr. Amin Jaafari, an Arab-Israeli. As Amin works on the victims of a suicide attack, saving lives, his friend, a Jewish policeman, tells him his wife was also in the attack. Amin is horrified by his wife's death, and stunned to learn the police believe it was she who was the suicide bomber. What unfolds is Amin's determination to find out if indeed his wife was the bomber, and then to learn why she did this outrageous act. Amin had believed their marriage was happy, that their comfortable life in Israel, their assimilation in Israeli society, was a success. What follows is a tense few weeks as Amin follows every tiny lead that...

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