Uri and Katzman are Israeli soldiers occupying a Palestinian village in the West Bank. Uri is idealistic and full of hope, feels the injustice of the occupation keenly, and becomes close to Khilmi, the village storyteller. Katzman on the other hand is 'a contracted muscle' - he has taught himself not to feel. And Shosh, Uri's wife, daughter of ...
Uri and Katzman are Israeli soldiers occupying a Palestinian village in the West Bank. Uri is idealistic and full of hope, feels the injustice of the occupation keenly, and becomes close to Khilmi, the village storyteller. Katzman on the other hand is 'a contracted muscle' - he has taught himself not to feel. And Shosh, Uri's wife, daughter of liberal immigrant parents and juvenile psychiatrist, is succumbing to her own struggles with power and truth. When Khilmi's adopted son is killed in a 'security operation' and when Uri discovers how far deception and injustice have penetrated into his own life, their reactions are drastic and unforeseen.
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Publishers Weekly, 1992-04-06 In this unforgettable work, Israeli writer Grossman sets a critical juncture in his four narrators' lives against the moral and ethical corrosion of the Israeli occupation. (May)
Publishers Weekly, 1990-10-26 Readers of the complex and challenging See Under: Love or the highly praised nonfiction The Yellow Wind know Israeli writer Grossman as a virtuosic chronicler of his country's psychic health and conscience. This provocative work, his first novel, predates Love and is written in a more accessible style. Four narrative voices, each deeply individualized, relate the events of one fateful day, with flashbacks to the past. Uri Ladiano is an Israeli of Iraqi descent, an outsider. Uri's innocent smile symbolizes his idealistic view of human nature and of Israel's responsibility to the Arabs living in the occupied West Bank. The old Arab, Khilmi, is an outsider, too; deformed, considered crazy, he has raised a retarded boy who was exploited by El Fatah and killed by Israeli soldiers. The cynical military commander, Katzman, is a Holocaust survivor incapable of love; his is the only voice not directly heard but transmitted through third-person narration. The fourth voice belongs to Shosh Avidan, a highly intellectual psychologist, Uri's wife and Katzman's clandestine lover, who has two soul-destroying secrets, one about her father and the other involving the death of one of her patients. Grossman sets a critical juncture of these characters' personal lives against the moral and ethical corrosion of the Israeli occupation. Wrenching scenes give empathetic consideration to the feelings of both Arabs and Israelis in the pre-intifada environment as Grossman searchingly describes the shame and guilt that a distortion of justice brings to a civilized society. This is an unforgettable work by an acutely sensitive observer and a master of his craft. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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