I don’t post any book reviews on my blog, nor do I usually write any sophisticated reviews. But I have to make an exception just this once, for Sabra Zoo. It’s not a “proper” review, as I wouldn’t have a clue how to write one, but only my impression of the book.
Sabra Zoo, by Mischa Hiller, is a painfully beautiful novel about a boy who will get under your skin. Ivan, half Danish half Palestinian 18 year-old boy, is caught growing up in a war-torn country, witnessing one of the most horrific massacres of the 20th century; a massacre that was well-orchestrated while the world remained silent. Mischa’s style is brilliant in its simplicity, painful honesty, and clarity of language. Ivan is definitely one of my most favorite fictional characters ever. The book filled me up as only a masterpiece can. Looking forward to reading his “Shake Off” next.
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