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Past EventsTuesday, February 26

The People of Forever Are Not Afraid

Shani Boianjiu
Chair: Yaron Peleg

Shani Boianjiu’s debut novel is a disconcerting and often surreal coming of age story set in the Israeli army. Written by a 25-year old Israeli dubbed as a hot new literary talent, it introduces three girl friends conscripted into endless boredom and danger, entering adulthood with guns. Boianjiu came to Jewish Book Week for the UK launch of The People of Forever are Not Afraid.

Yael, Avishag and Lea drill constantly for a moment that may never come. They live inside that single, intense second just before danger erupts. And they find that their dreams have stranger repercussions than they have been trained to imagine.

Shani Boianjiu was chosen by American novelist Nicole Krauss for the National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35 Awards in 2012. Boianjiu grew up in a small town on the Lebanese border, served two years in the IDF and studied in the United States before moving back to Israel, where she now lives.  She wrote the book in English.

Yaron Peleg is Kennedy Leigh lecturer in Modern Hebrew Studies at Cambridge University. His recent publications include the book, Israeli Culture Between the Two Intifadas: A Brief Romance (2008), and an edited anthology of articles on contemporary Israeli Cinema, Identities in Motion (2012). 

To buy this book from Blackwell's, click here. Ten per cent of the proceeds of book sales through Blackwell's benefit Jewish Book Week.

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