The Collaborator of Bethlehem
An Omar Yussef Investigation

Matt Beynon Rees

€ 17, 00
Publisher: Cairo Editore
Pages: 320
ISBN/EAN: 9788860520852

Omar Yussef, a middle-aged teacher in the mood for some existential stocktaking, is about to accept early retirement with the encouragement of the scholastic authorities, which are impatient with his non-conformist teaching methods. Then one day George Saba, his most brilliant and dearest ex-student, is imprisoned, accused of being a collaborator. George is a Christian, and his involvement in the death of a fighter against the Israeli occupation is a self-pronounced death sentence. In a Bethlehem ravaged by uncontrollable violence, only Omar Yussef intends to seek the truth. In a challenge greater than his capacities but not than his courage, the teacher plunges into a highly risky investigation in which not only the lives of his beloved are at stake, but also the moral integrity of a nation.

The author
Matt Beynon Rees, a journalist, has been working in the Middle East for more than ten years. He is the current Jerusalem correspondent for Time. The Collaborator of Bethlehem is his first novel.

Rees lives in Jerusalem; his site is

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