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Winner of the Bernstein Award
"With "Second Person Singular," Sayed Kashua has become one of the most important contemporary Hebrew writers." -"Haaretz"
"Kashua uses stark, sometimes harrowing prose to depict young men struggling with the paradox of being Israeli and being Arab. . . . A neurotic, irreverent, and very, very funny man, he has been called the Arab Woody Allen; he prefers to think of himself as Jerry Seinfeld."--Words Without Borders
"At a time when Israeli attitudes toward Arabs seem to be hardening, Kashua's popularity is especially noteworthy. Second Person Singular has been a bestseller since it appeared in stores. . . . Kashua's protagonists struggle, often comically, with the tension of being both citizens of Israel and the kin of Israel's enemies."--"Newsweek "
"As intimated by its name, " Second Person Singular" is a story of identity, and one as deceptive as its author. . . . With many clues borrowed from Kashua's own autobiography, the
--Winner of the Bernstein Award
"With "Second Person Singular," Sayed Kashua has become one of the most important contemporary Hebrew writers."--"Haaretz"
"Kashua uses stark, sometimes harrowing prose to depict young men struggling with the paradox of being Israeli and being Arab. . . . A neurotic, irreverent, and very, very funny man, he has been called the Arab Woody Allen; he prefers to think of himself as Jerry Seinfeld."--Words Without Borders
"At a time when Israeli attitudes toward Arabs seem to be hardening, Kashua's popularity is especially noteworthy. Second Person Singular has been a bestseller since it appeared in stores. . . . Kashua's protagonists struggle, often comically, with the tension of being both citizens of Israel and the kin of Israel's enemies."--"Newsweek "
"As intimated by its name, " Second Person Singular" is a story of identity, and one as deceptive as its author. . . . With many clues borrowed from Kashua's own autobiography, t
--Winner of the Bernstein Award
"Sayed Kashua is a brilliant, funny, humane writer who effortlessly overturns any and all preconceptions about the Middle East. God, I love him."--Gary Shteyngart, author of "Super Sad True Love Story"
"With "Second Person Singular," Sayed Kashua has become one of the most important contemporary Hebrew writers."--"Haaretz"
"Kashua uses stark, sometimes harrowing prose to depict young men struggling with the paradox of being Israeli and being Arab. . . . A neurotic, irreverent, and very, very funny man, he has been called the Arab Woody Allen; he prefers to think of himself as Jerry Seinfeld."--Words Without Borders
"At a time when Israeli attitudes toward Arabs seem to be hardening, Kashua's popularity is especially noteworthy. Second Person Singular has been a bestseller since it appeared in stores. . . . Kashua's protagonists struggle, often comically, with the tension of being both citizens of Israel and the kin of Israel's enemies."--"Newsweek "
"As intimated by its name, " Second Person Singular" is a story of identity, and one as deceptive as its author. . . . With many clues borrowed from Kashua's own autobiography, the story of "Second Person Singular" cunningly follows two Israeli Arabs, a lawyer and a young social worker. Both have renounced their village heritage, moved to Jerusalem and are now trying to reconcile what they were born as with what they wish to be."--"Jerusalem Post "
"Fascinating and satirical . . . Addresses the split identity of the Arab Israeli, with its contradictory wishes and its impossible yearnings. Courageously, but also with considerable humor, Kashua . . . sharpens-for both the characters and the readers-questions of belonging, identity and identification."-From the Bernstein Award citation
"Sayed Kashua is one of modern-day Israel's very best writers. . . . Skillfully and powerfully, Kashua narrates two parallel stories, which only barely intersect
* Winner of the Bernstein Award
"Kashua's parable deftly examines universal themes of isolation vs. assimilation. A worth contribution to the increasingly popular works coming out of the Middle East." --"Library Journal"
"This novel illuminates just how fluid identity can be, even--or especially--amid the Arab-Israeli tension of Jerusalem . . . A compelling two-sided narrative . . . [Kashua] has sharp insights on the assumptions made about race, religion, ethnicity, and class that shape Israeli identity." --"Publishers Weekly"
"A master of subtle nuance in dealing with both Arab and Jewish society." --"The New York Times"
"[Kashua's] dry wit shines . . . with each of the main characters offering windows into the prejudices and longings of Arabs and Jews . . . The themes are universal in a world in which every culture, it seems, has an 'other' against which to play out prejudice, and feelings of supremacy." --"Los Angeles Times"
"Part comedy of manners, part psychological mystery . . . Issues of nationalism, religion, and passing collide with quickly changing social and sexual mores." --"Boston Globe"
"Powerful . . . Kashua shows us the underside of success, with clear-eyed insight into an Israeli society that is becoming ever more tainted by discrimination based on class and money." --"Haaretz"
"Kashua's writing and insight serve to translate several different, and conflicting, realities at once . . . Kashua's work captures the unique and often painful situation of Israel's Arab citizens, while also opening a window for the non-Arab reader to better understand this dilemma." --"Tablet"
""Second Person Singular" triumphs as a tragicomedy composed of two suspensefully intertwined stories tracing the lives of two unnamed Arab protagonists, illuminating their fraught condition as insiders and outsiders and their painful struggle to create a life of meaning . . . Kashua's razor-sharp wit and irony are on full displa
"Kashua's parable deftly examines universal themes of isolation vs. assimilation. A worthy contribution to the increasingly popular works coming out of the Middle East." --"Library Journal"
"This novel illuminates just how fluid identity can be, even--or especially--amid the Arab-Israeli tension of Jerusalem . . . A compelling two-sided narrative . . . [Kashua] has sharp insights on the assumptions made about race, religion, ethnicity, and class that shape Israeli identity." --"Publishers Weekly"
"[Kashua's] dry wit shines . . . with each of the main characters offering windows into the prejudices and longings of Arabs and Jews . . . The themes are universal in a world in which every culture, it seems, has an 'other' against which to play out prejudice, and feelings of supremacy." --"Los Angeles Times"
"At a time when Israeli attitudes toward Arabs seem to be hardening, Kashua's popularity is especially noteworthy . . . Kashua's protagonists struggle, often comically, with the tension of being both citizens of Israel and the kin of Israel's enemies. They usually end up encountering ignorance and bigotry on both sides of the divide, making his narratives more nuanced than some of the other Arabs writing about the conflict." --"Newsweek"
"Powerful . . . Kashua shows us the underside of success, with clear-eyed insight into an Israeli society that is becoming ever more tainted by discrimination based on class and money." --"Haaretz"
"Kashua's writing and insight serve to translate several different, and conflicting, realities at once . . . Kashua's work captures the unique and often painful situation of Israel's Arab citizens, while also opening a window for the non-Arab reader to better understand this dilemma." --"Tablet"
""Second Person Singular" triumphs as a tragicomedy composed of two suspensefully intertwined stories tracing the lives of two unnamed Arab protagonists, illuminating their fraught condition as insiders ands
"Kashua s parable deftly examines universal themes of isolation vs. assimilation. A worthy contribution to the increasingly popular works coming out of the Middle East." "Library Journal"
"This novel illuminates just how fluid identity can be, evenor especiallyamid the Arab-Israeli tension of Jerusalem . . . A compelling two-sided narrative . . . [Kashua] has sharp insights on the assumptions made about race, religion, ethnicity, and class that shape Israeli identity." "Publishers Weekly"
"[Kashua s] dry wit shines . . . with each of the main characters offering windows into the prejudices and longings of Arabs and Jews . . . The themes are universal in a world in which every culture, it seems, has an other against which to play out prejudice, and feelings of supremacy." "Los Angeles Times"
"At a time when Israeli attitudes toward Arabs seem to be hardening, Kashua s popularity is especially noteworthy . . . Kashua s protagonists struggle, often comically, with the tension of being both citizens of Israel and the kin of Israel s enemies. They usually end up encountering ignorance and bigotry on both sides of the divide, making his narratives more nuanced than some of the other Arabs writing about the conflict." "Newsweek"
"Powerful . . . Kashua shows us the underside of success, with clear-eyed insight into an Israeli society that is becoming ever more tainted by discrimination based on class and money." "Haaretz"
"Kashua s writing and insight serve to translate several different, and conflicting, realities at once . . . Kashua s work captures the unique and often painful situation of Israel s Arab citizens, while also opening a window for the non-Arab reader to better understand this dilemma." "Tablet"
""Second Person Singular" triumphs as a tragicomedy composed of two suspensefully intertwined stories tracing the lives of two unnamed Arab protagonists, illuminating their fraught condition as insiders and outsiders and their painful struggle to create a life of meaning . . . Kashua s razor-sharp wit and irony are on full display . . . [This] is storytelling of the highest order." "Jewish Daily Forward"
"[This] story is one of loneliness and reinvention, also offering an uncommon view of Israeli society. Kashua narrates powerfully, with careful attention to detail." "The Jewish Week"
"Kashua presents Israel with a mirror that inverts the dominant story of Jewish marginalization. Here it is Arabs who carry the burden of alienation that is so familiar from Jewish existence in the diaspora." "J Weekly"
"[Kashua] has a gift for taking the small absurdities of everyday existence and the comic humiliations of family life, themselves served up with self-effacing deadpan humor, and making them comment on the bigger, often darker, contradictions of his life and the two cultures in which he lives." "Jewish Review of Books"
"If you were to ask Sayed Kashua about his new, best-selling book, "Second Person," he d say it s 'a satire disguised as a cheap melodrama.' But, of course, you shouldn t take his word for it. As intimated by its name, "Second Person" is a story of identity . . . [it] cunningly follows two Israeli Arabs, a lawyer and a young social worker. Both have renounced their village heritage, moved to Jerusalem and are now trying to reconcile what they were born as with what they wish to be." "Jerusalem Post"
"[Kashua s] work contains an implicit political messageone of coexistence, curiosity and cultural ambiguity . . . ["Second Person Singular"] is a kind of existential mystery, probing for answers about how one fashions a sense of self under excruciating political and social conditions. . . . His work is not only aesthetically satisfying; in what it represents and the humane point of view it expresses, it has the feeling of something essential." "The National"
""Second Person Singular" is many things: a psychological mystery reminiscent of Nabokov; a touching examination of what it means to be Arab in a Jewish state . . . a family comedy that involves all sorts of delusions and secrets and lies; a family tragedy about a young, paralyzed, Jewish man; and, finally, a triumphant escape from one identity into another . . . Kashua is an unusually ambitious and gifted writer." "The Arts Fuse"
"["Second Person Singular"] resonates with all of us, all strangers and The Other at one time or another in our lives . . . A must-read." "The New World Review"
"Sayed Kashua is a brilliant, funny, humane writer who effortlessly overturns any and all preconceptions about the Middle East. God, I love him." Gary Shteyngart, author of "Super Sad True Love Story"
"In his newest novel, Kashua explores what it means to be a Palestinian and an Israeli; a father and a working man. The preoccupations of Second Person Singular strike me as adult preoccupations, ones many readers will relate to. Kashua has long been seen as Larry David meets Edward Said, but in this novel, he comes into his own. Incomparable." Randa Jarrar, author of "A Map of Home"
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