A Story of Hope
Washington Square Press, Paperback, 9780743463393, 384pp.
Publication Date: April 2, 2003
While plotting to infiltrate her father's shooter's life, Blumenfeld travels the globe gathering stories of other avengers. Through interviews with Yitzhak Rabin's assassin; members of the Albanian Blood Feud Committee; the chief of the Iranian judiciary; the mayor of Palermo, Sicily; the Israeli prime minister; priests; sports fans; fifth-grade girls; prostitutes; and more, she explores the dynamics of hate -- and the fine line that sometimes separates it from love.
Ultimately, Blumenfeld's target is more complex than the stereotypical terrorist she'd long imagined. In a surprising twist, she gets revenge, but not according to traditional expectations. She discovers a third way, a choice beyond "turn the other cheek" or "an eye for an eye." And with it she answers the age-old question: what is the best revenge?
Laura Blumenfeld holds a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University and has been a staff writer at "The Washington Post" since 1992. She has also written for "The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, " and the Los Angeles Times. She lives in Washington, D.C.
The New York Times
A vitally important story....Revenge is written with such forcefulness and immediacy that by the end of her story [Blumenfeld] has carried the reader through an intellectual transformation akin to her own.
Passionate, gripping...A work of ambition and humanity.
A remarkable, affecting book...unlike any other reportage from the Middle East.