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Who the Fuck is Kafka?

Hatred is an emotion, but peace is a conscious decision

A hotel in Rome. There’s a knock at Lizzie Doron’s door; when she opens it, she thinks she finds herself confronted by an Arab suicide bomber wearing an explosives belt. In fact Nadim has merely stuck his travel documents to the waistband of his trousers with black adhesive tape.

Such is the first encounter between the Israeli author Lizzie Doron and the Palestinian-Arab journalist Nadim, an encounter that marks the beginning of an eventful rollercoaster of a friendship that will drive them to breaking point time and again. They both live in different buildings of the same madhouse: Lizzie carries a baggage-load of Holocaust, while Nadim is weighed down by the memory of al-Nakba (the great disaster) – the tragic consequences of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

  • an Israeli writer tells the story of a Palestinian journalist who wants to make a film about her

  • a tense juxtaposition of two inner and outer worlds, the confrontation of two different cultures – and a search for common ground

  • a story about steadfastness and sense of justice

  • Lizzis Doron is a writer in the tradition of Svetlana Alexijevitch and combines the intense voices of oral history with the dramatic composition of a novel

Press acclaim

“Who the fuck is Kafka? is essential reading for anyone trying to get to grips with the Israeli-Palestinian relationship in all its contradictions and complexity.”
ORF Ex libris

“...a composed, unadorned,psychologically astute account.”
Süddeutsche Zeitung

“This book moved me to the core.”
Funkhaus Europa


dtv Literatur
Aus dem Hebräischen von Mirjam Pressler
256 pages, ISBN 978-3-423-26047-3
1. Februar 2015
Rights sold: Czech Republic, Italy