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Sayed Kashua: Dancing Arabs

(Fiction, 227 pp. Hebrew, 2002; English translation, 2004)

This slyly subversive, semi-autobiographical account of Arab Israeli life recounts the story of a Palestinian boy who wins a prestigious scholarship to a Jewish high school but slips into listless malaise as an adult, despising himself, scorning his fellow Arabs, and resenting Jewish Israelis.   

  • Discussion questions from Grove Atlantic (scroll to bottom)
  • Review by Isabel Kershner, New York Times, January 7, 2008
  • Review: Laila Lalami, June 2, 2004
  • Review: Laila Lalami, Boston Review, September/October 2006