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The Man from There

Yitzhak Ben-Ner
A young soldier from Tel Aviv serving in the British army is homeward bound on a train from Cairo when he hears that Israel has declared statehood and that his fellow soldiers are defending it. But he is still in Egypt, and when the train is halted, the soldier is trapped in a small Egyptian border town. A fellow passenger, Michel Saraj, an Egyptian doctor, protects and hides him in his fiancée's house. From that moment the story takes a haunting turn. The relations between the family and its uninvited guest are ambiguous: why does the family remain silent towards the soldier, yet refuses to allow him to leave? Why does the young doctor, at first eager to talk with the soldier, suddenly turn hostile?
As news of the Egyptian army's defeats reaches the town, the tension surrounding "the man from there" increases, until a surprising reversal when Dahina protects the soldier from Saraj’s violence.

This novel is a breakthrough in our literature. Everything else that has been written about the 1948 war has been told from the Israeli point of view. Here, the debate between the Israeli and the Egyptian renders all prejudices about 'the other side' meaningless.

Ben-Ner The Man from There
Title The Man from There
Author’s Last Name Ben-Ner
Author's First Name Yitzhak
Language(s) Hebrew, English, French, Japanese
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Am Oved
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1967
Year of Publication 2 (Hebrew) 2015
No. Pages 172 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-Ish Mi-Sham
Representation Represented by ITHL


English: New York/Tel Aviv, Sabra Books, 1970
Japanese: Tokyo, Kadokawa Shoten, 1978
French: Paris, Ecriture, 1994
"An original, extraordinary book" The Brenner prize committee
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