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The House of Rajani by Alon Hilu
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The House of Rajani (2008)

by Alon Hilu

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This book had some very interesting elements about it - the conflicting narratives of Isaac and Salah, the play of the stereotypes of Arab and Jew, the use of the story of Hamlet to provide shape to the narrative. The novel didn't totally work for me but i'm interested enough to look at Hilu's other books. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
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The year is 1895, Jaffa. Salah Dajani, a troubled Muslim boy living in a dilapidated mansion surrounded by orange groves, suffers from peculiar visions about a disaster which is set to befall his people. His life is changed by the arrival of a handsome young man, a dynamic Jewish settler, new to the city, by the name of Haim Margaliot Kalvarisky. Kalvarisky covets both the fertile lands of the Dajani estate and Salah's beautiful mother Afifa, and his friendship with the boy is destined to lead to violence and tragedy. This rich and colourful novel is made up of the two opposing journals of Hilu's intriguing and extraordinary protagonists as they negotiate love, honour and betrayal in the changing world of nineteenth-century Palestine. (alonhilu.com)
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1895, Jaffa. Salah Rajani, a troubled Muslim boy living in a dilapidated mansion surrounded by orange groves, suffers from peculiar visions about a disaster which is set to befall his people. His life is changed by the arrival of a handsome young man, a dynamic Jewish settler, new to the city, by the name of Isaac Luminsky.

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