“Let It Be Morning offers a riveting study of human values collapsing under inhuman conditions, with unsuitable messiahs, or ‘heroes of resistance’, rising in the vacuum…. Reminiscent of Orwell and Kafka along with Joseph Heller’s Catch-22.” Maya Jaggi, The Guardian (UK)
Let It Be Morning
978-0-8021-7021-7 • $16.00 • Paperback • June 2006
In his debut, Dancing Arabs, Sayed Kashua used his “wickedly double-edged eye . . . to deliver an on-the-ground sense of being an Arab in Israel that you couldn’t get from any news report” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer), establishing him as one of the most daring voices of the Middle East. In his searing new novel, a young Arab journalist returns to his hometownan Arab village within Israelwhere his already vexed sense of belonging is forced to crisis when the village becomes a pawn in the never-ending power struggle that is the Middle East. Hoping to reclaim the simplicity of life among kin, the prodigal son returns home to find that nothing is as he remembers: everything is smaller, the people are petty and provincial. But when Israeli tanks surround the village without warning or explanation, everyone inside is cut off from the outside world. As the situation grows increasingly dire, the village devolves into a Darwinian jungle, where paranoia quickly takes hold and threatens the community’s fragile equilibrium. With the enduring moral and literary power of Camus and Orwell, Let It Be Morning offers an intimate, eye-opening portrait of the conflicted allegiances of the Israeli Arabs, proving once again that Sayed Kashua is a fearless, prophetic observer of a political and human quagmire that offers no easy answers.
Praise for Dancing Arabs:
“Books like this one, that tell the stories of war through the eyes of children, are the textbooks for future generations. They carry the cultural information, those memes that are missing from conventional, nonfiction accounts.” Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
“A bracingly candid lamentation . . . [that] stares unflinchingly at the many ugly realities on both sides of an eternal national crisis.” The Sun (Baltimore)