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This short book packs a heavy punch...one of the best novels I have read this year. * Literary Review * [A] simple, quiet story, told with emotional depth and elegance. * The Times * A sharply written and atmospheric rendering of life in the Jewish underground in post-war Jerusalem. * Jewish Chronicle * I've been a Stewart O'Nan fan since his very first novel, and never more so than with his latest. In City of Secrets, O'Nan takes his mastery of language and depth of character in a fresh direction: a richly nuanced suspense novel, set in an immensely intriguing post-war Jerusalem. A remarkable book. -- Chris Pavone Stewart O'Nan's City of Secrets will keep you up all night reading - what a beautifully crafted novel. -- Alan Furst City of Secrets is, by inclination and design, quiet and finite, but its impact is deceptively large because O'Nan has something that can't be taught to a writer - and can indeed be unlearned by talented writers: the gift of authenticity. You'll rarely catch O'Nan being an author. You'll simply feel his story rolling past you, in the manner of an old Peugeot. * Washington Post * Enthralling... a clear-eyed and unsentimental look at an astonishing slice of history. * Seattle Times * Finely wrought and morally complex, O'Nan's considerable story-telling powers are masterfully deployed here. With deft strokes, he evokes the tensions and tragedies of Mandate Jerusalem, riven then as now by the fault lines of community and conscience. -- Geraldine Brooks To Stewart O'Nan's 15 previous, omniform novels we can now add the excellent City of Secrets, a little jewel, -wonderfully sparse, moody and uneasy, reminiscent of the delicious, frayed--collar noir of le Carre's The Spy Who Came In From the Cold. * New York Times Book Review *
From master storyteller Stewart O'Nan, a timely moral thriller of the Jewish underground resistance in Jerusalem after the Second World War.See all Product description
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His only friends and the only ones he can trust are Jewish activists who want the British out. Against his will he is gradually drawn into their activities which involve the use of violence. The author paints a world that Brand and fellow activists live and work in with great verve and feeling.
It is a gem of a book. Seldom have people's experiences been so vividly and beautifully told. This is one of the best novels published this year.
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For Brand, it was next year in Jerusalem, but without the sweetness. Brand is living there after WWII, but his name and even his profession has been created by his "cell," the underground Zionist movement present when for a short time the factions in Israel fighting the oppressive British mandated government coalesced for the common goal. This is an eyeopener -- Leon Uris's Exodus informed the world of what was happening in the struggle for a haven for the misplaced Jews of Europe, but this short, spare novel is much more succinct in its presentation. Brand, going under the name of Jussi, is anxious to contribute to the cause and usually finds himself and his taxi serving auxiliary roles. I was particularly surprised at the number of tourists who descended at that time despite the bombings, the danger. But O'Nan and his credible style brought all to light beautifully.