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On the basis of this book there’s something deeply rotten in the state of Israel, and overall I didn’t enjoy it. There’s a lightly disguised Rehavam Ze’evi, nicknamed Gandhi, here rendered as Zrubavel “Genghis” Ha’navi, shot dead in Jerusalem’s Hyatt Hotel in 2001, and presented as an out-and-out sexual predator. I’m still digesting the many strands of the story and think it’ll require a re-read to fully appreciate the wealth of characters and events, most of which actually happened.

The painstaking attention the author pays to the music of each period is also deeply impressive, as it provides a red thread of the emotional torrent in each period (from nationalistic fervour to individualistic hedonism). Whilst I think narratively that the serial killer plot is wrapped up a bit early and the actual ending isn't quite as punchy as I expected it to be, there is no denying that this is pretty brilliant stuff. Through it all the elusive Cohen appears, and it's only by the end that I think he stands as a kind of spirit of Israel. Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness… Fade[s] into oblivion compared with Lavie Tidhar’s magnificent novel Maror, a panoramic look at four decades of the dark, despicable side of Israel, of death, corruption, violence and drugs… It’s a brilliant undertaking. Of course his energetic style, vividness of descriptions, and vivacious characters are all there, but this time - there is no speculative component.Cohen may be a fictional construct and so are his fellow cops and gangsters — but there is a terrific cast of real-life characters. Beyond that though this was an involved, expansive crime novel that didn't let itself be bound by that definition. It’s police know they can never stamp out organized crime and drug use, so they “control it,” “making” and unmaking kingpins so they can continue to be a force. He disfrutado con sus historias de futuro, sus ucronías, sus superhéroes, y ahora con esta novela histórica que narra diferentes momentos de la historia más oscura de Israel. It’s singers are either saccharine or indifferent (one scene takes place at the final concert by Machina – the Israeli equivalent of the Who’s concert in Cincinnati in 1979 when fans were killed in the crush).

This is a story about the way Israel has built its own story, and its honesty shows only too clearly the brutality of that story. It's hard for me to judge what impact it will have on those who've no familiarity with this topic at all. The blurb said it would appeal to fans of The White Tiger which I love but it's a very different type of book. A police intelligence officer by name of Cohen — perhaps he is, perhaps not, Cohen the High Priest — is our guide through the convulsive years of the state after the 1967 Six Day War.And in the middle of it all, like Shelob in her lair, or an imperturbable Mr Wolff in Pulp Fiction, the policeman Cohen manipulates politicians, colleagues and crime bosses alike, in service of the country that he loves.

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