Alaa and Ariel live in the same building in Tel Aviv and seem to have become friends. When they return home from a party one night there is no indication that this will be their last encounter. The next morning, Ariel wakes up to find that all the Palestinians in Israel have disappeared. Over the next 48 hours, Israel is in a panic, as everyone tries to figure out what’s going on and who’s behind these disappearances. Ariel, however, who is a journalist, needs to keep working, and can’t spend too much time thinking about what happened. In this polyphonic masterpiece, we read not only the sources that Ariel begins to gather for his research, but also the contents of Alaa’s red notebook, which Ariel finds in Alaa’s apartment. Alaa’s writing is addressed to his grandmother, whose death he is mourning. He recalls the city of Jaffa, that she lost in 1948, that he never knew, and tries to understand if the city still contains this memory.
Approximate number of page: 235p. (English version)
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