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Beaufort

by Ron Leshem

Beaufort
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  • First Published:
    Dec 2007, 368 pages
    Paperback:
    Feb 2009, 368 pages

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A debut novel that is by turns subversive and darkly comic, brutal and tender

Beaufort's narrator is Liraz "Erez" Liberti, a twenty-one year old Lieutenant in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) responsible for a squad of thirteen young men. Liberti relates his experiences and those of his men as they staff an exposed Israeli outpost in Southern Lebanon shortly before and during its abandonment in 2000. Like many war stories, Beaufort focuses on the camaraderie that develops between the soldiers as they mature into men. It explores the men's lives and feelings as they face hours of isolation and boredom punctuated by periods of terror and violence, as well as the physical and emotional toll war takes on the men and their families.

This first-person account reads as if it were Liberti's diary, or a long letter home that Liberti will never mail. As such, the text is a stream-of-consciousness, particularly in the novel's beginning. It's raw, it's...

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