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Native: Dispatches from an Israeli-Palestinian Life By Sayed Kashua Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802126290
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Published: Grove Press - February 14th, 2017

This is a sort of 'best of' collection from Kashua's decade plus of weekly columns for Israeli newspaper Haaretz: short, satirical pieces on life in Israel usually featuring Kashua and his family. Kashua comes off as a Kramer-esque neurotic bumbler with all the comic failures of a sitcom character. Some of his mishaps are his own fault, and some are due to existing in a world where someone else is writing the rules. Kashua's essays present his writerly daydreaming and hopes for his family, as well as the painful difficulties of life as an Arab living in Jerusalem, with miserable hilarity. You can dip in and read a few pages here or there or go straight through; the columns are presented in chronological order and make it easy to track the rise and fall of Kashua's optimism, which he reveals with disarming honesty. Recommended: Without Parents; The Court!; The Stories I Don't Dare Tell; Kashua's Complaint.