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The People of Forever Are Not Afraid

 
 
Author
Shani Boianjiu.
Publisher Hogarth  
Format hardcover
ISBN 9780307955951
Pages/Publication Date 338/2012
Daedalus Item Code 29387
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In a relentlessly energetic and arresting voice marked by humor and fierce intelligence, this debut novel by Israeli Defense Force veteran Shani Boianjiu follows three young women coming of age in the military, experiencing "the absurdities of life and love on the precipice of violence" (Vogue). It earned Boianjiu one of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" honors for young fiction writers in 2012. Yael, Avishag, and Lea grow up together in a tiny, dusty Israeli village, but it is not until they leave high school for mandatory service in the army that their real education begins. Yael trains marksmen and flirts with boys. Avishag stands guard, watching refugees throw themselves at barbed-wire fences. Lea, posted at a checkpoint, imagines the stories behind the familiar faces that pass by her day after day. All three drill constantly for a moment that may never come, whispering of an ever more brutal world just over the horizon while living inside that single, intense second just before danger erupts.

"Shani Boianjiu has found a way to expose the effects of war and national doctrine on the lives of young Israelis. So her subject is serious, but lest I make her work sound in any way heavy let me point out how funny she is, how disarming and full of life. Even when she is writing about death, Boianjiu is more full of life than any young writer I've come across in a long time."—Nicole Krauss

"The term 'a distinct new voice in literature" had became a cliché long before Shani Boianjiu was born, but there is no better way to describe her unique piercing tone. Reading it feels like having your heart sawn in to two by a very dull knife. The People of Forever Are Not Afraid is one of those rare books that truly make you want to cry but at the same time doesn't allow you to."—Etgar Keret

"If anyone ever tells you the novel is dead, don't say anything, just give them this book. Shani Boianjiu is an enormous new talent. This is one of the boldest debuts I can think of—it reads like it was written in bullets, tear gas, road flares and love. I demand another book from her, immediately."—Alexander Chee

"I was hooked on Shani Boianjiu's remarkable voice from the first sentence of this book. It's urgent, funny, horrifying, fresh, the kind of thing I've been dying to read for ages."—Miriam Toews

 
 
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