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‘Reality, so it appears, has its own set of rules’
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2019
Israeli author Yossi Uzrad is a major figure in both the Israeli and the international scope of journalism and television and film production. He is the Founder of DOGTV suggesting his love of animals. BACK FROM BERLIN, first published as KIBBUTZ BERLIN, is his debut novel. He has also published the much admired mystery novel, WILD PREY.
In what appears to be a characteristic aspect of Yossi’s works, he offers an insightful note for the reader – ‘I was born in a small Kibbutz, near the Syrian border, which often suffered from shelling and shooting. Its founders were Holocaust survivors who, upon their arrival in the Land of Israel, wished to realize their dream of redeeming the land and creating an egalitarian society with high moral standards, building a New Human Being, modern, tolerant, and with extreme political views regarding the rights of individuals and members of other religions. This book is about how the Kibbutz ideas went grandiosely amiss, written after years of observing people who live a simple life and yet whose lives are not simple at all.’
Before the story opens, Yossi offers a telling Prologue which opens as follows – ‘Revolutions are not in the habit of giving advance notice, my uncle Kuntz once told me. Kuntz’s wise insight was now my reality. Everything tat was stable in my life had collapsed. The bright future that I was sure awaited me had vanished. I lost control over my life and was swept away against my will to harsh, distant destinations. A decision formed from that deep despair: I will not surrender, no matter the consequences. I live in a democratic state. This isn’t Soviet Russia!...’
And so the story opens: ‘Uri Dolev is a shy young man brought up in a strict, spartan educational system. Born in Germany, his parents, who managed to save themselves from the horrors of the Holocaust, are cold individuals who display few emotions. A moment before being drafted into the military, Uri’s heart is in for a huge disappointment, when Nurit, his great love since adolescence, leaves unexpectedly and moves to Sweden. Uri tries to leave everything behind when he joins the army, rising to become a valued combat officer. However, a major case of espionage shakes his life to the core and sends him on a journey of soul-searching, to the exact place where his family experienced the most terrible of all tragedies.’
Powerful writing coupled with political overtones of significance make this a fascinating read. Yossi Uzrad has a solid future in his chosen field! Grady Harp, December 19
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.