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בן הארץ ❴Ebook❵ ➩ בן הארץ Author Sayed Kashua – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk גבר שעזב את ירושלים הבוערת עם אשתו וילדיו והיגר לאמריקה מקבל אחרי שנים של ניתוק מוחלט מהוריו ומאחיו הודעה מאב גבר שעזב את ירושלים הבוערת עם אשתו וילדיו והיגר לאמריקה מקבל אחרי שנים של ניתוק מוחלט מהוריו ומאחיו הודעה מאביו אני בבית חולים הוא עולה על מטוס כדי ללוות אותו במחלתו ומתעמת עם עברו וגם עם חייו בהווה בצלן של שתי פרידות טראומתיות זאת שכבר אירעה הפרידה הכפויה מטירה שבה נולד וגדל; וזאת שצפויה הפרידה האחרונה מאביו מדוע נידו אותו בני משפחתו ומדוע גם בארצות הברית הוא נאלץ לחיות בבדידות מוחלטת מורחק על ידי אשתו מביתם המשותף ואיך כל זה קשור לכך שלפני שנים רבות כתב סיפור קצר על נערה בשם פלסטין חשבון הנפש שהוא עורך ליד מיטת אביו בבית החולים בעברית ובערבית יהיה מסע מכאיב וגם מתעתע – שכן הגבר הזה הוא סופר המתפרנס מכתיבת ספרי זיכרונות של אחרים ובכתיבתו לעולם אין לדעת מה אמיתי ומה כוזב אילו זיכרונות שלו ואילו של אחריםעקוב אחר שינויים ספר הפרוזה הרביעי של הסופר התסריטאי והעיתונאי סייד קשוע ערבים רוקדים ויהי בוקר וגוף שני יחיד הוא ספרו האישי והמורכב ביותר עד כה זהו רומן בדיוני העושה שימוש מתוחכם בפרטים מהביוגרפיה המוכרת של מחברו מהיוצרים האהובים בתרבות הישראלית סדרות הטלוויזיה עבודה ערבית והתסריטאי כלומר רומן המזמין אותנו לקרוא אותו כוידוי אבל בה בעת מסכל ללא הרף את אמינותו ודורש להיקרא כסיפור שלא התרחש מעולם מעבר לכל אלה עקוב אחר שינויים הוא יצירה החוקרת את הסיפו רים שהישראלים מספרים לעצמם על חייהם את מה שהם בוחרים לזכור ואת מה שהם מעדיפים לשכוח את הגבולות המטושטשים בין זיכרונות אישיים ללאומיים ובעיקר יצירה המפנה לקוראיה ולקוראותיה את השאלה האינטימית מהו הזיכרון הראשון שלכםסייד קשוע חי באילינוי ומלמד באוניברסיטת אורבנה־שמפייןכל ספריו עד כה היו לרבי־מכר תורגמו לעשרות שפות וזכו בפרסים רבים בארץ ובעולם.


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  1. Jenny (Reading Envy) Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    An unnamed Palestinian narrator originally from Tira travels home in a rush to be with his father during his passing As the reader you know he is hesitant to be back and you get the sense it might even be dangerous but it takes a while for those details to unfoldThe narrator also has an interesting job where because of his language and writing skills he is hired by others to write their memoirs or biographies What people don't seem to catch is how he writes details of his own life into their stories and as he does those memories seem to leave him He also has a difficult relationship to his wife who is a tenure track professor in the United StatesI previously read Second Person Singular by this same author for my book club and it was humorous The publisher describes this one as personal to the author's experiences I had a review copy from the publisher through Edelweiss and it came out January 14 2020


  2. Mandy Mandy says:

    As the book opens Arab Israeli Saeed is suddenly leaving his wife and family in the US to return to his homeland to be with his sick father The family have been estranged for 14 years but now Saeed feels impelled to try to come to terms with what happened in the past to cause the family rift In some ways this is a mystery story as only slowly is all revealed and it’s not until the end that all is made clear What is clear from the beginning is that Saeed is a troubled and unhappy man whose marriage is under strain whose relationships with his father and the wider family are difficult and that whatever happened to force him to emigrate to the US in the first place is something that has deeply affected his whole life I found this a powerful and moving exploration of loss memory alienation and displacement a haunting tale and a sad and melancholy portrait of man who probably will never reconcile himself with the past The writing is excellent and the pacing spot on riveting the reader’s attention throughout It’s also a story of Jews and Arabs and the continuing tensions in Israel and a compelling portrait of Arab Israeli life Highly recommended


  3. Yuri Meshman Yuri Meshman says:

    I like reading Sayed Kashua because he writes about subjects familiar to me about Israeli citizens; and yet foreign to me since it is the point of view of an Arab Israeli citizen This book has also an interesting underlying story ufolding in the background which the reader pieces together


  4. Golan Schzukin Golan Schzukin says:

    Another very good one from Sayed KashuaGives you the life from the view point of an Israeli Arab that cant make up for a mistake he maid many years ago


  5. Eli Eli says:

    Incredible book Much better than I thought it would be Very powerful and delicately composed


  6. Rachel Rachel says:

    I have been following Israeli Arab Sayed Kashua’s writing career ever since I read his novel Second Person Singular it’s one of those books that just stays with you forever I recently heard him speak about this new novel on a webinar through the American Jewish University and decided to try the audio book Like his previous work Track Changes is very autobiographical The narrator is a writer from Tira who attended Israeli schools and worked for an Israeli newspaper before he left for Champaign IL with his wife and children After a 14 year exile he returns to be at his father's deathbed The way Kashua weaves back and forth in time and slowly reveals the truth behind the protagonist's marriage was very compelling However I really wanted to hear the story from his wife's perspective he didn't develop her character at all and her story reminded me of the novel A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum While the audio book narrator's Arabic and Hebrew sounded spot on he made me laugh when he pronounced Illini as Ill lean nee twice I think Michael Upchurch sums up this book perfectly in his review in The Seattle Times If you’re game for a novel about just how sad fractured and tricky cultural identity can get Arab Israeli author Sayed Kashua’s Track Changes is the book for you


  7. Emily Emily says:

    Exploring the Arab Israeli Alien Sayed Kashua’s Track ChangesFinding home within the war torn borders of a country you left behind and within a family fragmented by past trauma is at the center of Sayed Kashua’s fourth novel Track Changes The story centers around a mostly unnamed narrator an Arab Israeli memoir ghostwriter living in the United States and the journey he takes back to Israel to reconnect with his ailing father and the past he ran from fourteen years prior Sayed Kashua is a master of expressing the complexity of the Arab Israeli experience Track Changes is partially based on Kashua’s own exodus from his homeland and his expertise on the subject shines through in the simple authority in the storytelling Lovers of Kashua’s work know his humor well but Track Changes shows Kashua in an uncharacteristically somber turn Through the narrative Kashua delicately paints the portrait of a man alienated from any sort of belonging he has ever felt Exiled from his hometown over a poorly received short story about a beautiful woman named Palestine he is forced into a marriage with such a woman who refuses to love him in return Their lives in Jerusalem are uprooted 11 years later as riots and anti Arab sentiment takes over the town and the makeshift family fears for their lives We meet the narrator two years into his wife’s three year teaching contract in the United States with an unclear picture of what’s next He’s living in student dorms or occasionally on his living room couch his wife upstairs struggling to connect with his children who lose command of their mother tongues every day Kashua’s own multilingualism is rendered extremely well in Ginsburg’s translation which keeps some of the Arabic passages intact with a translation key at the back of the book This decision sufficiently alienates the reader to the narrator’s own memories without disrupting the flow of the narrativeSet in an Arab majority town in Israel this deeply personal account of isolation and alienation from one’s own culture explores the delicate political struggles happening in IsraelPalestine through the narrator’s own experience of being stateless For a reader unfamiliar with the conflict Kashua does well to introduce the topic through the approachable anecdotal lens of the narrator and the people he interacts with The narrator’s anxiety and all the things he “might have said” also deepen the conversation around the issue through the exploration of what is and isn’t said and the various aggressions that do or do not manifest towards “outsiders”I’m a sucker for an outsider story Kashua’s insightful observations about the ways we are removed from our realities physically or metaphorically easily reach readers who may also struggle to find connection in unaccepting societies or in situations where something about us simply does not “fit” Track Changes could be described in some ways as an anti homecoming an anti love story in which all pretense of tidy narrative can be stripped away This is messy this is emotional and this is brilliantly done It’s the small moments the narrator’s small observations about the way his world has shifted and moments of perfection in the midst of chaos that truly bring Kashua’s story to life The cover art for the book derives from this moment and it could not be fitting to encapsulate the mood of Track Changes“‘Thank you so much’ I said with a smile and took the tea and cookies trying to still the tremor that had taken hold of me ‘Enjoy’ she said and left leaving me to shut the door and cry into the glass of tea the color I remembered with the exact right amount of mint leaves floating at just the right level“What the hell am I doing tearing up over some tea? What does this glass have that makes it seem like it might be the perfect glass of tea and why is it that when I sip from it I can’t help but let the tears flow freely down my face?” The prose here and elsewhere is never particularly flowery or evocative than is necessary to sketch the scene Kashua and Ginsburg work perfectly in tandem to record only the essentials and to highlight moments of importance almost imperceptibly just as great memoirists do The short sections of the book further segmented by short 1 2 page chapters evoke the vignetting style Kashua’s narrator creates for his own clients A note about the translation here Ginsburg is almost imperceptible as translator he perfectly captures Kashua’s voice with an exceptional sense of empathy Especially in passages where Ginsburg blends Kashua’s own multilingualism with the translation the translation shines The title of the work Track Changes refers cleverly to the technological process editors use to track their deletions omissions and rejected additions Kashua’s narrator struggles to take ownership of his narrative even giving away some of his own memories to his clients in heartbreaking moments When one is stateless isolated and without memories or agency enough to construct the full story what is a man really? Or as Kashua asks “What else can a man aspire to?” Sayed Kashua’s Track Changes is a stunning work of literary fiction that explores alienation and isolation in an unassuming well crafted prose dotted with cultural significance for isolated Arab Israeli communities and for all outsiders in search of “home”


  8. Ronee G Ronee G says:

    So beautiful A touching and heartbreaking story about connection or lack thereof to family and to identity I would recommend this to basically anyone


  9. Rita Bookreader Rita Bookreader says:

    Excellent and nuanced treatment of complex sensitive cultural issues dealt with kindly and also heart breaking realism Also excellent translation I’m a big fan of this author


  10. Dana Dana says:

    Beautifully written gripping with the longing and disconnect only immigrants know too well from the first pages Track Changes offers a rewarding reading experience Kashua's craft is found in conveying difficult emotions in a generous manner people's choices and actions can be complex and layered befitting the complexity of their multifaceted environment Exploring themes introduced his previous works Track Changes bridges between the profound personal pain of the individual to the shared sorrow and anger of the community In Israel Palestine it seems the personal is politicalOne of the story lines was an obscure incident from the main character's youth that set their life on an unexpected course Although the mystery was intriguing at first upon reveal it felt heavy handed At the same time it makes sense for the author to choose strong imagery to deal with the political history and reality in Israel Palestine Nonetheless the novel touched my heartstrings with the melancholy coldness of the author's exile and ex patriot experience contrasted with the vibrant and unbearable familiarity of his place of origin This work felt like an intimate letter of explanation to his loved ones why he couldn't stay a good bye letter to a parent and a homeland


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