Beaufort

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Beaufort,  Ron  Leshem,  Delacorte  Press,  December 26, 2007

By turns subversive and darkly comic, brutal and tender, Ron Leshem’s debut novel is an international literary sensation, winner of Israel’s top award for literature and the basis for a prizewinning film.

Charged with brilliance and daring, hypnotic in its intensity, Beaufort is at once a searing coming-of-age story and a novel for our times—one of the most powerful, visceral portraits of the horror, camaraderie, and absurdity of  war in modern fiction.

To the handful of Israeli soldiers occupying the ancient crusader fortress, it is a little slice of hell — a forbidding, fear-soaked enclave perched atop two acres of land in southern Lebanon, surrounded by an enemy they cannot see.  And to the thirteen young men in his command, Twenty-one-year-old Lieutenant Liraz  “Erez”  Liberti is a taskmaster, confessor,  and the only hope in the face of attacks that come out of nowhere and missions seemingly designed to get them all killed.  All around them, tension crackles in the air. Long stretches of  boredom and black humor are punctuated by flashes of terror.  And the threat of death is constant.  But in their stony haven, Erez and his soldiers have created their own little world, their own rules, their own language. And here Erez listens to his men build castles out of words,  telling stories, telling lies,  talking incessantly of women,  sex,  and dead comrades. Until, in the final days of  the occupation,  Erez and his squad of fed-up, pissed-off,  frightened young soldiers are given one last order: a mission that will shatter all remaining illusions—and stand as a testament to the universal,  gut-wrenching futility of war.

The basis for the Academy Award-nominated film of the same name  (from the Hardcover edition).

About the Author
Ron Leshem is deputy director in charge of programming at Channel Two, Israel’s main commercial television network.  Beaufort won the Sapir Prize—Israel’s top literary award—in 2006. The film version of Beaufort, which Leshem coauthored with director Joseph Cedar, won the Berlin International Film Festival’s Silver Bear for Best Director.  Leshem lives in Tel Aviv and is at work on his  second novel (from the Hardcover edition).

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