- Gebundene Ausgabe: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: Free Press (2. November 2004)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0743250478
- ISBN-13: 978-0743250474
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23 x 16 x 2,6 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 574.347 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Cain's Field: Faith, Fratricide, and Fear in the Middle East (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 2. November 2004
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Matt Rees is the Jerusalem bureau chief for Time magazine. In 2003 he won a Henry Luce Award for Reporting for his coverage of the battle in Jenin during the current intifada. He has also written for Men's Journal, Newsweek, The Scotsman, and The Jerusalem Post. He lives in Jerusalem.
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His understanding of the Arab culture is deep and well researched. It is amazing to read a man who truly understands the nuances of Moslem-Palestinian society. A must read for all interested in developing a better understanding of the region. The book is at times painful and disturbing. For weeks I could not sleep at night when my thoughts turned to it. Yet, I am grateful to Matt Rees for opening that culture to me. I have since read other works by him, this time in the form of fiction and media articles.
Now that I've read it, this nuanced and thoughtful review of the realities of life for both Israelis and Palestinians joins my list of top books of the year. The highlight? The fact that instead of getting bogged down in retreading the same old ground in the Israeli/Palestinian dispute, Rees forges new territory. Instead of looking at what divides the two groups, he discovers that what unites them is, ironically, the schisms within each society and the existence of factions that make life on both sides of the great divide complex and divisive in ways that are less familiar to us on the outside.
In the first section of the book, which examines life within the Palestinains, some of these rifts are more familiar, such as that between the PLO and Hamas (Rees's scorn for Arafat is glaring) but many are more intriguing and unexpected, such as the story of the rift between the "Israeli Arabs" who stayed behind in 1948, told through the experience of a filmmaker who is trying to address issues of concern to all Arabs living in the region even though he is technically Israeli. On the Israeli side, the internal are all the more powerful for being relatively little known here who don't have a direct connection to Israel. I, for one, hadn't realized the scope of the division between the growing ranks of the ultra-orthodox and the secular Jews; or understood the nature of the rift between the Sephardic immigrants from North Africa and the dominant Ashkenazim. Most poignant of all, perhaps, is Rees's chronicle of the ways in which many Israelis have shunned psychologically-troubled Holocaust survivors. Despite the fact that the fact of the Holocaust is responsible for the creation of Israel (the Holocaust, and the effort to prevent it from reoccuring, form a powerful argument in favor of Israel's existence for many), many native-born Israelis find the reminder of the fact that their weak coreligionists (in Rees's characterization of their views) allowed themselves to be shuffled off to Auschwitz without protest. (His thoughts on Ben Gurion's attitudes to the survivors are just as forcefully stated as those on Arafat.)
Rees links all his stories and word portraits to the main theme that readers will have on their minds throughout -- each side, he argues, "exists in a fantasy world of blamelessness, shifting guilt to a distant enemy and away from the consequences of the divisions within its own society, the pain Palestinians inflict on Palestinians and Israelis on Israelis." If there's one book you read about the Middle East today, make it this one, even though it's now been out for a few years. It doesn't deserve to overlooked.
All of his books are must reading!
When a subject like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been covered extensively in the daily press for decades, when numerous biographies and memoirs exist already on the major political players in the conflict, writing another book on Israeli-Palestinian relations seems a daunting task. Accordingly, Matt Rees deserves a great deal of credit for figuring out new things to say and new ways of looking at the conflict, and making all of us involved in the Middle East look at the conflict with new filters. Rees' premise - that Israelis and Palestinians have to learn to live with themselves before they can live with each other -- is indeed a fresh and welcome approach to problem-solving in the conflict. For years it was always taken for granted on the Israeli side that the religious and social differences of the Israelis would have to await solution until the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was resolved. Rees turns that premise on its head and shows why on both sides people have to end their own internal conflicts first before they can have any hope of reaching a lasting peace settlement. The most compelling aspects of Rees' well-written, deeply-researched book are the series of portraits he provides on both the Palestinian and Israeli sides. These portraits are so rich, and highly-textured, and his narrative moves so briskly, that one has the feeling of moving through a novel, not a piece of non-fiction. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants an engrossing and accurate picture of the most perplexing of the world's conflicts.