Getting to the heart of the Middle Eastern conflict

Getting to the heart of the Middle Eastern conflict

FICTION: Beat, By Rowan Somerville, Lilliput, €16

On June 1, 2001, 22-year-old Palestinian Saïd Hotari detonated a bomb amid a queue of teenagers outside the Dolphinarium nightclub in Tel Aviv, killing himself and 21 Israelis, most of them teenage girls, and maiming more than a hundred others.

The horrors of that night echo down the years, as Rowan Somerville’s book is released little more than a month after the senseless slaughter at Ariana Grande’s Manchester Arena concert. What drives a young man to strap...

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