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The Other Side of Despair: Jews and Arabs in the Promised Land (Hardback)
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The Other Side of Despair: Jews and Arabs in the Promised Land (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 22/11/2003
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This compelling book takes the reader behind the headlines of the confrontation between Israelis and Palestinians, examining its human dimension and setting it in a balanced historical context. In his search for understanding, Daniel Gavron talks to Israelis and Palestinians of all backgrounds and shades of opinion. Politicians and economists, entrepreneurs and writers, psychologists and teachers, men and women, veterans and youngsters, fervent militants and pragmatic realists all speak in these pages. We hear the Palestinian fighter and the Israeli soldier, the Jewish settler and the Arab Israeli, the negotiators from the opposite sides of the table, the bereaved parents. Reflecting the excruciating agony of both societies, these diverse voices emphasize the basic humanity of both peoples.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742517516
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 458 g
Dimensions: 236 x 158 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Most readers will appreciate the honest, behind-the-scenes look at how ordinary people suffer from everyday violence and try to make sense of it. * Publishers Weekly *
In his hugely intelligent and originally structured book [Gavron] has interviewed and drawn portraits of 16 remarkable Palestinians and Jews. His conclusions are startling. In this clearly assembled, imaginatively researched selection of interviews, Gavron offers those different angles of vision, many of which were unknown. The Jewish, Palestinian, and Christian voices within his book reaffirm a humane sanity of which we are all desperately in need. * The Guardian *
The first chapter lays out the historical background to the Middle East conflict, with the next six providing an engaging, if not novel, attempt to understand the violence through the deftly woven portraits of 16 Israelis and Palestinians. * Ha'aretz *
A useful, insightful book. * Resurgence *
Daniel Gavron's new book is hugely impressive-even-handed, interesting, and original. -- Deborah Treisman, fiction editor, The New Yorker
A lovely, hopeful, daring book that offers the whole mishegas in one volume. -- Clancy Sigal, author of The Secret Defector
Beginning with a remarkably balanced, 40-page overview of the historical evolution and contemporary situation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Gavron then profiles 16 Palestinians and Israelis to bring a human dimension to different perspectives of the struggle. . . . Recommended. * CHOICE *
Many of the testimonies are moving and revealing. * The Jewish Chronicle, UK *
I highly recommend this fascinating and original book, which is full of wisdom, sanity, and hope. -- Deborah Maccoby * Jewish Quarterly *

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