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The Search for Sana: The Life and Death of a Palestinian

by Richard Zimler

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This is an amazing book, part fact, part fiction, although the two are woven together so closely that it is hard to see where one begins and the other ends. Richard Zimler had a chance encounter with Sana at the Perth Writers' Festival, autographing a copy of his first book The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon for her. The next day Sana committed suicide, an act witnessed by Zimler, and he is propelled into an obssessive investigation of her life in order to try to understand why. He uncovers the story of Sana's friendship with Helena, a remarkable relationship which endures across the divide - Sana is a Palestinian and Helena an Israeli Jew - a relationship which opens the book up into an exploration of the personal issues at the heart of the conflict and atrocities, big and small, committed on a daily basis in the name of politics and religion. I couldn't put this amazing book down and ended up reading it in one sitting. ( )
  riverwillow | Jun 22, 2008 |
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"In February 2000, Richard Zimler went to Australia for the Perth Writers' Festival. The day he arrived, he met a talented dancer who told him how much his novel The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon had meant to her. The tragic step she would take the next day would change Zimler's life for ever, and launch him into an intense, three-year investigation of her past." "He discovers a childhood lived in the shade of Mount Carmel in the 1950s, a time of tolerance between neighboring Arabs and Jews in the old districts of Haifa. As this peace becomes fragile, two girls - one Palestinian, one Israeli - nevertheless forge a lifelong bond. Zimler's quest uncovers the story of this friendship, though it leads him through a web of illusion, cruelty and deceit and finally to September 11, 2001, when the tragedy he witnessed in Perth is set in the starkest of political contexts."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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