Uncorrected Proofs Avner Mandelman The Debba

ISBN 13 : 9781590513705

The Debba

Note moyenne 3,19
( 157 avis fournis par Goodreads )
 
9781590513705: The Debba

Winner of the 2011 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel

In Middle East lore the Debba is a mythical Arab hyena that can turn into a man who lures Jewish children away from their families to teach them the language of the beasts. To the Arabs he is a heroic national symbol; to the Jews he is a terrorist. To David Starkman, “The Debba” is a controversial play, written by his father the war hero, and performed only once, in Haifa in 1946, causing a massive riot. By 1977, David is living in Canada, having renounced his Israeli citizenship and withdrawn from his family, haunted by persistent nightmares about his catastrophic turn as a military assassin for Israel. Upon learning of his father’s gruesome murder, he returns to his homeland for what he hopes will be the final time. Back in Israel, David discovers that his father's will demands he stage the play within forty-five days of his death, and though he is reluctant to comply, the authorities’ evident relief at his refusal convinces him he must persevere. With his father’s legacy on the line, David is forced to reimmerse himself in a life he thought he’d escaped for good.The heart-stopping climax shows that nothing in Israel is as it appears, and not only are the sins of the fathers revisited upon the sons, but so are their virtues—and the latter are more terrible still.  Disguised as a breathtaking thriller, Avner Mandelman’s novel reveals Israel’s double soul, its inherent paradoxes, and its taste for both art and violence. The riddle of the Debba—the myth, the play, and the novel— is nothing less than the tangled riddle of Israel itself.

Les informations fournies dans la section « Synopsis » peuvent faire référence à une autre édition de ce titre.

Review :

Necessary Evil and Necessary Hypocrisy: An Essay by Avner Mandelman

Necessary evil is a cost of civilized life. This is a theme that runs through much of my work, since all societies have dirty jobs that must be done, if society is to survive. But what if some truly necessary jobs--secret assassinations, blackmailing of spies’ kin, physical interrogations--are also immoral? So immoral that society cannot acknowledge their existence even to itself? Who shall do those jobs, and what should happen to the doers? This is one of the most incendiary topics an author can choose, because it forces his readers to confront their own hypocrisy. It’s also the topic John le Carré embraced.

I still remember the electric shock I felt as I encountered George Smiley for the first time, when I was still living in Israel in the 1960s. Here, finally, was reality as I witnessed it daily, both in war and in life constantly shadowed by war. No other words I’d read spoke of this terrible dilemma more eloquently and disturbingly. It was the part of life essentially unfit for print. Because I had met many Smileys, I instantly knew that this is what I had always wanted to write about but never knew it was allowed. Le Carré, however, did not shy away from the question of necessary evil, and his novels thereby transcend genre spy fiction. He succeeds, I believe, because of two virtues: First, of course, is his immense talent. But second, and not least, is his enormous sympathy both for his protagonist and for the reader.

In le Carré novels, George Smiley and his ilk are those who do the morally dirty jobs on which we all depend. From Smiley’s first appearance in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, le Carré shows, often to the reader’s discomfort, that the rest of us can afford our clean consciences only because such fallen pragmatists are ready to sacrifice their own. And this is precisely why, after the fallen have committed their immoral deeds, they must by necessity be publicly punished for them: so the rest of us can truthfully insist we would never have condoned such things. And this, in a nutshell, is the moral dilemma of modern times. Whereas warriors of old have been called to sacrifice their lives, modern warriors, besides being asked to risk death, are also asked to sacrifice their sanity and even their honor. But unlike their old-time brethren, modern warriors must sacrifice their all without even the comfort that public recognition can provide.

This, to me, is the essence of le Carré's Smiley, a modern shadow warrior "possessing the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin" (A Murder of Quality). He sees reality cold and clear, and stands ready to do what must be done--and be pilloried for it--while others around him conveniently pretend it’s not necessary at all. He is a new type of modern tragic hero, whose essential tragedy lies in the fact that his soul-destroying acts cannot even be recognized, or told. But because le Carré did tell, then so, by and by, could I.

About the Author :

Avner Mandelman was born in Israel and served in the Israeli Air Force during the Six-Day War. Two of his story collections have been published in Canada, and the story collection Talking to the Enemy was published in the U.S. and chosen by Kirkus as one of the twenty-five best books of 2005, and by the ALA as the first recipient of the Sophie Brody Medal for outstanding achievement in Jewish literature. Several of his stories have won awards in the U.S., Canada, and Israel, including being selected for the Pushcart Prize, and the Journey Prize. His short story, “Pity,” was selected for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories 1995. This is his first novel.

Les informations fournies dans la section « A propos du livre » peuvent faire référence à une autre édition de ce titre.

Acheter neuf Afficher le livre

Frais de port : EUR 3,32
De Royaume-Uni vers Etats-Unis

Destinations, frais et délais

Ajouter au panier

Meilleurs résultats de recherche sur AbeBooks

1.

Avner Mandelman
Edité par Other Press (2010)
ISBN 10 : 1590513703 ISBN 13 : 9781590513705
Neuf(s) Edition originale Quantité : 1
Vendeur
Better World Books Ltd
(Dunfermline, Royaume-Uni)
Evaluation vendeur
[?]

Description du livre Other Press, 2010. État : New. 1st Edition. Ships from the UK. BRAND NEW. N° de réf. du libraire GRP75418979

Plus d'informations sur ce vendeur | Poser une question au libraire

Acheter neuf
EUR 0,89
Autre devise

Ajouter au panier

Frais de port : EUR 3,32
De Royaume-Uni vers Etats-Unis
Destinations, frais et délais

2.

Mandelman, Avner
Edité par Other Press
ISBN 10 : 1590513703 ISBN 13 : 9781590513705
Neuf(s) PAPERBACK Quantité : 1
Vendeur
Monky Business: briansmonky
(Worcester, MA, Etats-Unis)
Evaluation vendeur
[?]

Description du livre Other Press. PAPERBACK. État : New. 1590513703 Ask about discounted shipping available when multiple items are purchased at the same time. FAST, RELIABLE, GUARANTEED and happily SHIPPED WITHIN 1 BUSINESS DAY!. N° de réf. du libraire BX17-1668

Plus d'informations sur ce vendeur | Poser une question au libraire

Acheter neuf
EUR 2,23
Autre devise

Ajouter au panier

Frais de port : EUR 2,92
Vers Etats-Unis
Destinations, frais et délais

3.

Mandelman, Avner
Edité par Other Press
ISBN 10 : 1590513703 ISBN 13 : 9781590513705
Neuf(s) PAPERBACK Quantité : 1
Vendeur
Newsboy Books
(Ontario, CA, Etats-Unis)
Evaluation vendeur
[?]

Description du livre Other Press. PAPERBACK. État : New. 1590513703 New. N° de réf. du libraire 1590513703NE

Plus d'informations sur ce vendeur | Poser une question au libraire

Acheter neuf
EUR 2,65
Autre devise

Ajouter au panier

Frais de port : EUR 3,22
Vers Etats-Unis
Destinations, frais et délais

4.

Mandelman, Avner
Edité par Other Press (2010)
ISBN 10 : 1590513703 ISBN 13 : 9781590513705
Neuf(s) Soft Cover Quantité : 1
Vendeur
Pleasant Nights Bookshop
(Baltimore, MD, Etats-Unis)
Evaluation vendeur
[?]

Description du livre Other Press, 2010. Soft Cover. État : New. SOFTCOVER. ADVANCED READING COPY. N° de réf. du libraire 003866

Plus d'informations sur ce vendeur | Poser une question au libraire

Acheter neuf
EUR 5,92
Autre devise

Ajouter au panier

Frais de port : EUR 3,44
Vers Etats-Unis
Destinations, frais et délais

5.

Avner Mandelman
ISBN 10 : 1590513703 ISBN 13 : 9781590513705
Neuf(s) Quantité : 1
Vendeur
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, Etats-Unis)
Evaluation vendeur
[?]

Description du livre État : Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. N° de réf. du libraire 97815905137051.0

Plus d'informations sur ce vendeur | Poser une question au libraire

Acheter neuf
EUR 7,64
Autre devise

Ajouter au panier

Frais de port : EUR 3,43
Vers Etats-Unis
Destinations, frais et délais

6.

Avner Mandelman
Edité par Other Press (2010)
ISBN 10 : 1590513703 ISBN 13 : 9781590513705
Neuf(s) Paperback Quantité : 1
Vendeur
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, Etats-Unis)
Evaluation vendeur
[?]

Description du livre Other Press, 2010. Paperback. État : New. 1. N° de réf. du libraire DADAX1590513703

Plus d'informations sur ce vendeur | Poser une question au libraire

Acheter neuf
EUR 8,72
Autre devise

Ajouter au panier

Frais de port : EUR 3,43
Vers Etats-Unis
Destinations, frais et délais

7.

Mandelman, Avner
Edité par Other Pr Llc (2010)
ISBN 10 : 1590513703 ISBN 13 : 9781590513705
Neuf(s) Paperback Quantité : 1
Vendeur
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, Royaume-Uni)
Evaluation vendeur
[?]

Description du livre Other Pr Llc, 2010. Paperback. État : Brand New. 1st edition. 358 pages. 8.25x5.50x1.00 inches. In Stock. N° de réf. du libraire zk1590513703

Plus d'informations sur ce vendeur | Poser une question au libraire

Acheter neuf
EUR 5,90
Autre devise

Ajouter au panier

Frais de port : EUR 6,69
De Royaume-Uni vers Etats-Unis
Destinations, frais et délais

8.

Avner Mandelman
Edité par Other Press (2010)
ISBN 10 : 1590513703 ISBN 13 : 9781590513705
Neuf(s) Paperback Quantité : 1
Vendeur
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, Etats-Unis)
Evaluation vendeur
[?]

Description du livre Other Press, 2010. Paperback. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 1590513703

Plus d'informations sur ce vendeur | Poser une question au libraire

Acheter neuf
EUR 16,80
Autre devise

Ajouter au panier

Frais de port : Gratuit
Vers Etats-Unis
Destinations, frais et délais

9.

Mandelman, Avner
ISBN 10 : 1590513703 ISBN 13 : 9781590513705
Neuf(s) Paperback Quantité : 1
Vendeur
Golden Bridge Books
(Ottawa, ON, Canada)
Evaluation vendeur
[?]

Description du livre Paperback. État : New. Quality Books. Because We Care - Shipped from Canada. Usually ships within 1-2 business days. If you buy this book from us, we will donate a book to a local school. We donate 10,000+ books to local schools every year. If there are any problems, pleases ask us to resolve it amicably before leaving any feedback. N° de réf. du libraire R28317S

Plus d'informations sur ce vendeur | Poser une question au libraire

Acheter neuf
EUR 9,73
Autre devise

Ajouter au panier

Frais de port : EUR 17,16
De Canada vers Etats-Unis
Destinations, frais et délais

10.

Mandelman, Avner
Edité par Other Press (2010)
ISBN 10 : 1590513703 ISBN 13 : 9781590513705
Neuf(s) Paperback Quantité : 2
Vendeur
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, Etats-Unis)
Evaluation vendeur
[?]

Description du livre Other Press, 2010. Paperback. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire P111590513703

Plus d'informations sur ce vendeur | Poser une question au libraire

Acheter neuf
EUR 24,50
Autre devise

Ajouter au panier

Frais de port : EUR 2,57
Vers Etats-Unis
Destinations, frais et délais