The People of Forever are not Afraid Hardcover – 7 Feb 2013
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"A searing novel" (Catherine Taylor Guardian)
"In a humorous and beguiling deadpan, Boianjiu conveys the fleeting, vanishing experience of hovering between adolescence and adulthood, at the same time as providing a rare portrait of young Israelis being minced through military service" (Robert Collins Sunday Times)
"More full of life than any young writer I’ve come across in a long time." (Nicole Krauss, author of THE HISTORY OF LOVE)
"Reads like it was written in bullets, tear gas, road flares and love. I demand another book from her, immediately." (Alexander Chee, author of EDINBURGH)
"The focus of Boianjiu’s book isn’t those horrible events: it is the tension that exists just outside the line of fire, the moment before a crisis erupts. Boianjiu’s best writing happens as the book progresses, when the teens let their minds wander into what they have experienced, and imagine an apocalyptic future for their country" (Sheera Frenkel The Times)
"A memorably bold novel... Somewhere between the sardonic humour of Etgar Keret and the epic storytelling of David Grossman, Boianjiu has created a brave, beautiful, political literature that is entirely her own" (Catherine Taylor Sunday Telegraph)
"Unique and piercing... Reading it feels like having your heart sawn in two." (Etgar Keret, author of SUDDENLY, A KNOCK ON THE DOOR)
"[Boianjiu’s] voice is distinct. It’s confident, raw, amusing — a lot like her women" (New York Times)
"In this Bildungsroman, life in the army initiates a metamorphosis from girl to woman…Boianjiu’s depiction of…the psyches of these young women is fascinating… The prose [reads] alternately like a nightmare and a dream, but this feverish indecision is what gives it its power" (Economist)
"The People of Forever Are Not Afraid is... carefully wrought, consciously structured, creatively imagined" (The New Republic)
"With its blend of brutal hilarity and heart-stopping anguish, this is a brilliant debut novel" (Boston Globe)
"Stunning…[a] beautifully rendered account of the absurdities and pathos inherent to everyday life in Israel" (Los Angeles Review of Books)
"Boianjiu’s searing debut…draws from the author’s own experiences to render the absurdities of life and love on the precipice of violence" (Vogue)
"In her riveting debut novel, 25-year-old Shani Boianjiu gives a rare insider glimpse at what it’s like to be a girl coming of age in the famously fierce Israeli Defense Forces" (Marie Claire)
"A dark, riveting window into the mind-state of Israel's younger generation, The People of Forever Are Not Afraid marks the arrival of a brilliant writer" (Wall Street Journal)
"This unflinching debut novel depicts with depth and acuity the disorientating effects of fear on young minds... The girls are often lost for words, but the author successfully finds a voice to express the dehumanising horror of warfare in this fragmented plot held together with a passionate, poetic eloquence" (Anita Sethi Observer)
"Remarkable…Part of this impressive book’s power is that it manages to re-create and rupture that numbness, war’s tedium and the damage it does to memory, intimacy, thought and affection. At a time when so many of America’s best writers seem to be in retreat from realism, championing a return to genre fiction (zombies and ghosts, comic-book characters and thrillers), Boianjiu’s bracing honesty is tonic. It’s a tribute to Boianjiu’s artistry and humanity that she portrays those on both sides of the barbed wire as loved and feared. The People of Forever Are Not Afraid is a fierce and beautiful portrait of the damage done by war" (The Washington Post)
Shani Bioanjiu has given us a valuable addition to our understanding of the Israel/Palestine conflict" (New Internationalist)
Searing first novel about three young women coming of age experiencing the 'absurdities of life and love on the precipice of violence' (Vogue)See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
I found the writing interesting, but not always easy to follow. However, it's bullet-like style did suit the subject. In places the story was disjointed and too erratic.
Please can someone who knows what it is like in the IDF now, please respond!!
By showing what it is like for female school-leavers at age 18 to be conscripted as an accepted part of the `curriculum', Shani Boianjiu provides us with a uniquely feminine vantage point. This serves to make the reader all the more acutely aware of the sheer physicality of warfare and the lasting trauma to young minds after conscription: "...the problem was the future of the past. It existed outside our heads, too large."
Some press reviews have concentrated on the three main voices of the teenage girls, Yael, Lea and Avishag, and how they while away their time on guard-duty by discussing boys. This may convey the impression that this novel is war-zone chick-lit but that would be doing debut author, Shani Boianjiu, a grave disservice. The writing is very good, often disturbing, occasionally brilliant - with distant echoes of Catch-22.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. Interesting characters that you really feel invested in.Published 5 months ago by Johanna Woolley
Impenetrable and very convoluted narrative, gave up towards the end. Would not recommend.Published 21 months ago by melanie Griffith
This book is well written, captivating and memorable but I can't help feeling that something was missing. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Eddie Falco
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This was a book that I really wanted to read after listening to an interview with the author, in the Swedish book program "Babel". Read more
As soon as I finished reading this book I turned back to the front page to start again. The prose is subtly yet totally arresting - it conveys perfectly the elements of boredom,... Read morePublished on 30 July 2013 by LF
The People of Forever are not Afraid is a very searing portrait of life on the Israeli/Palestinian border and the dangers that lie within the everyday mundane lives of Lea, Avishag... Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2013 by LondonS