Ron Leshem

Ron Leshem, born in 1976, is a native of Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv. Beaufort, in Hebrew Im Yesh Gan Eden (If There is a Paradise), won the 2006 Sapir Prize – Israel’s top literary award – as well as the Yitzhak Sadeh Prize for military literature. It was a huge bestseller in Israel, selling 120 000 copies and was made into a film directed by Joseph Cedar and nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards. From 1998 to 2002 Ron Leshem served on the editorial board of Yediot Ahronot newspaper. Among his most notable achievements there was a series of articles from the field about the Intifada that gained widespread public attention. In 2002 he became deputy editor of Maariv newspaper and in 2006 joined the Channel Two television station as deputy director in charge of programming and special projects. Leshem also teaches media and communications at several academic institutions.
Writing About War
Written as the diary of the head of a commando team stationed at Beaufort during the last winter of Israeli occupation, Beaufort is a revolutionary and potent look at the triviality of war and death, and the courage it takes to put an end to it. This is not a story of war, but of retreat. This is a story with no enemy, only an amorphous entity that drops bombs from the skies. And while thirteen young men propel the novel and give it life and colour, the real hero of Beaufort is fear: contag...