Magazine article New Internationalist

The People of Forever Are Not Afraid

Magazine article New Internationalist

The People of Forever Are Not Afraid

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The People of Forever are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu (Hogarth, ISBN 9781781090091)

In her début novel Shani Boianjiu follows the injunction to write about what you know. Having served for two years in the Israeli Defense Force, she structures her book around the lives of three friends who are conscripted into the Israeli army as soon as they graduate, aged 18. Avishag, stationed on the Egyptian border, spends her days in a fug of boredom, alleviated only by the desperate escape attempts of Sudanese refugees. Yael is sent to boot camp where she falls in love with a recruit she is training to shoot. Lea is posted to a checkpoint for Palestinians travelling into Israel to work, passing the time by inventing a family life for Fadi, a man who passes through the border every day. …

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