Sayed Kashua: Exposure

Sayed Kashua

03/03/2013
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One of the most important contemporary writers in the Hebrew language, Sayed Kashua portrays Palestinian Israelis with complex and conflicted identities. He has a wry wisdom that he made his own in two novels and a popular Israeli TV sitcom, Arab Labor. Kashua presented his third novel, Exposure in a discussion with London’s Arab Israeli Book Club chaired by Ariel Kahn.

In his latest outing Kashua traces two parallel Palestinian characters: a social worker-turned-photographer who adopts the identity of the comatose Jewish man he is caring for; and a lawyer whose social climbing aspirations lead him into an entirely Jewish world.

Kashua offered an honest and often surprising glimpse of Israeli society from a perspective rarely seen.

Sayed Kashua

Sayed Kashua is an Israeli Arab author and journalist who is well-known for books and humorous columns in Hebrew. Kashua was a resident of Beit Safafa before moving to a Jewish neighbourhood of Jerusalem with his wife and two children.

Ariel Kahn

Ariel Kahn is a prize-winning writer and academic. He initially trained to be a rabbi in Israel. Whilst in Israel, he set up a writing group at the rabbinical school with fellow student, Matt Eisenfeld. Ariel was also the driving force in the Arab Israeli Book Club, which he set up with Palestinian novelist Samir El Youssef. The club was dedicated to building bridges through literature and shared discussion. The book club will be resurrected in 2018. He has won the Bloomsbury New Voices competition and came runner-up in the national Pulp Idol Fiction competition in 2017.