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December 26, 2007
By turns subversive and darkly comic, brutal and tender, Ron Leshems debut novel is an international literary sensation, winner of Israels top award for literature and the basis for a prizewinning film. Charged with brilliance and daring, hypnotic in its intensity, Beaufort is at once a searing coming-of-age story and a novel for our timesone of the most powerful, visceral portraits of the horror, camaraderie, and absurdity of war in modern fiction.Beaufort. To the handful of Israeli soldiers occupying the ancient crusader fortress, it is a little slice of hella forbidding, fear-soaked enclave perched atop two acres of land in southern Lebanon, surrounded by an enemy they cannot see. And to the thirteen young men in his command, Twenty-one-year-old Lieutenant Liraz Erez Liberti is a taskmaster, confessor, and the only hope in the face of attacks that come out of nowhere and missions seemingly designed to get them all killed. All around them, tension crackles in the air. Long stretches of boredom and black humor are punctuated by flashes of terror. And the threat of death is constant. But in their stony haven, Erez and his soldiers have created their own little world, their own rules, their own language. And here Erez listens to his men build castles out of words, telling stories, telling lies, talking incessantly of women, sex, and dead comrades. Until, in the final days of the occupation, Erez and his squad of fed-up, pissed-off, frightened young soldiers are given one last order: a mission that will shatter all remaining illusionsand stand as a testament to the universal, gut-wrenching futility of war.The basis for the Academy Award-nominated film of the same name. From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Ron Leshem is deputy director in charge of programming at Channel Two, Israels main commercial television network. Beaufort won the Sapir PrizeIsraels top literary awardin 2006. The film version of Beaufort, which Leshem coauthored with director Joseph Cedar, won the Berlin International Film Festivals Silver Bear for Best Director. Leshem lives in Tel Aviv and is at work on his second novel.From the Hardcover edition.
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