Dancing Arabs by Sayed Kashua, represents a rising voice in Israeli literature, the Israeli Arab writer writing in Hebrew. Such a a writer is no doubt has a fracture deep within his or her soul. Kashua’s novel explores this fracture from every conceivable angle.
Yet Kashua wants to expand his vision beyond the unique social position he is in; Dancing Arabs is filled with humor and sorrow, a coming of age novel that does not spare the reader the full measure of pain that growing up can bring.
That this happens straddling the world of Hebrew speaking Israel and Arab speaking Galilee makes this novel all the more extraordinary.