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Literary Fiction
Strange Fire
Author: Melvin Jules Bukiet
Publisher: W.W. Norton

Blind, homosexual, Russian emigre speechwriter Nathan Kazakov has enough problems even before his left ear is obliterated by a bullet presumably meant for the Israeli prime minister. Determined to solve the mystery, Nathan begins exploring a web of conspiracies involving messianic orthodox settlers, Arab terrorists, and the Israeli secret service. Was the bullet intended for Nathan after all? or perhaps for the prime minister's son Gabriel, an archaeologist who shuns his father's politics? One trail leads to Leviticus, another beneath the Temple Mount. Strange Fire is 'a stunning literary achievement' (Miami Herald) fueled by Bukiet's singular imagination. A Washington Post Book World 2001 Rave, a Chicago Tribune Favorite Book of the Year, and a Booklist Editors' Choice.

Author Information: Melvin Jules Bukiet has written five previous books of fiction and edited two anthologies. His work has won numerous awards, including a Pushcart Prize, and Edward Lewis Wallant Award. A critic, editor, and frequent speaker, Melvin Bukiet's articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post as well as magazines and journals. He teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York City.

Author's Site: http://www.biu.ac.il/HU/en/home/Articles/Bukiet.ht
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