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An exploration of suffering through the challenges of trauma. Shahar is a prosperous and self-determined Israeli who is unexpectedly pulled into the throes of his country's war. Now, at the mercy of his ordeal, he must face not only the savagery inflicted upon himself and his family, but a complete metamorphosis of his most fundamental ideals as he is reunited with his dispossessed brother and sister-in-law who have taken up allegiance on the other side. Set in the near future, the book contains scenes of graphic violence and adult content.
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Jul 23, 2008"Touching, powerful, and utterly terrifying" Most of us live in realities a thousand times isolated from the horrors that a good number of people live with daily. We toss around words like torture, slavery, pain, terror, family, and love. We see images on the television. We hear the sounds and see the faces, but we seldom comprehend what's on the other end. We seldom connect with the pain they are in. We don't want to see it and we don't want to feel it. Apotheosis takes us to a very different reality: the world of a woman who is deeply connected with the suffering of others and wholly invested in caring for and healing them. We meet a woman who travels to a not-very-fictitious future Middle East to care for torture and rape victims -- people brutalized by the minions of racism, of extremism, and ultimately of hate. She and her partner risk literally everything -- their safety and even their sanity -- to bring relief to others. In counterpoint to her selfless, tender... More > healing, we learn about the almost scientific means by which men break down other men with pain. If you want to understand torture -- not the physical means, but the thought process and the way in which a strong, proud person has the very last shred of humanity ripped from his flesh -- then you must read this book. The scenes are graphic, and the author is not bashful in describing both the physical and psychological elements of this form of dehumanization. I don't care what horrors you think you understand -- you will be taken aback, you may well have nightmares, and you will not soon forget these images. The third element in this story is arrogant indifference. It is the reality that most of us exist in. A reality in which we see an ongoing war between Israel and Palestine without knowing or caring that we, as Americans, are paying for it. A reality in which we prefer to ignore or dismiss our own pain and the suffering of others, rather than confront it and have to feel it and live with it. It is, in fact, what creates the condition of violence and suffering in which we find both our heroine and our torture victim. We are forced to see and feel and live along side these two through a sometimes raw, sometimes tender, but always very genuine tale which many may find just a little bit too real and just a bit too close for comfort. This is, I think, how the author intended it. We are meant to feel uncomfortable. We are meant to feel sick. In this narrative about trauma and healing, we are lead, even forced, to see the raw wounds which each of us carries; we are forced to recognize in ourselves what we choose not to see in others. This is not a book you like. That's not its aim. I don't think you're supposed to enjoy it. You're meant to feel it, to hear what it has to say, and see the world differently afterward. To me, "Apotheosis" does not describe the book itself, but the effect of the book on one's self. And that's worth a read.< Less
Jun 7, 2008"Excellent!! !!متفوق" As an Arab-American who's lived in the East and the West, I can safely say that Sahale's done an eloquent, accurate, and heartfelt job of detailing the conflict. This is not about Palestine and Israel, really. This is about what happens to families and friends caught up on either side when strangers make decisions to bring suffering to thousands. Sahale speaks the three relevant languages well, and presents a real imagine of a future that's possible not so very far off.
May 27, 2008"Eloquent and Touching" It might give you nightmares but they'll be ones with a real sense of what some people that you'll probably never meet otherwise are going through every day. I learned more with Sahale's 120 pages than I did in a year of high school history. It might be gruesome but that's only because it's realistic. It might be heartbreaking but that's only because it's reaching you right where it should. Definitely worth the price!!!
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- Saudah Sahale (Standard Copyright License)
- May 5, 2008
- Hardcover (casewrap)
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.55 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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