Message in a Bottle
Written by Valerie Zenatti
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Shortlisted for the Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation.
A poignant story of love across a war torn divide. Moved to think about those on the 'other side' after a suicide attack outside her home, seventeen year old Tal sends out a message in a bottle. Soon she is in contact with 'Gazaman' and the two develop a touching and supportive relationship despite all the history and politcs that divide them.
Translated by Adriana Hunter
Message in a Bottle by Valerie Zenatti
Following a suicide bomb attack on her local Jerusalem cafe, in which she and her friends could so easily have been its victims, a seventeen-year-old Israeli schoolgirl decides to send a message in a bottle to Gaza. An act of hope and desperation, Tal believes that by making contact with a Palestinian she will be able to begin a dialogue through which experiences can be shared, and, just possibly, some kind of mutual understanding achieved. Her message is found by a young man who calls himself Gazaman, and a remarkable email correspondence begins ...This is a mesmerising account of a turbulent relationship conducted between two people whose dialogue is in itself an act of revolution against the situations in which they both feel themselves to be trapped.
'Zenatti's even-handed and undramatic narration makes it reasonably easy to leave preconceptions behind, and this accessible read teams with questions that readers will quickly realise relate directly to them.'
's Book of the Week, Guardian 'The book is an extraordinary insight into the psyche of a tiny nation that feels it must always be prepared for war. It brilliantly captures the mixture of the scary and surreal that comprises life for the young soldier.'
& Queen 'Zenatti sketches the history of the Middle East crisis as succinctly as possible without oversimplification. Yet her novel never trivialises or cheapens the grim, intractable situation by using it as the context for a will they, won't they? love story
About the Author
More books by Valerie Zenatti
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
7th April 2008
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