There could be multiple readings of a novel that deals with conflicts, especially when it is related to recent history. Years of media intervention and endless discussions on the Israel-Palestine issue has seemingly inured the conscience of people who are not directly involved in it. Regional and religious feelings interfere with the varied responses that come out occasionally, as a reaction to the horror that comes out of the situation, like in recent times. What literary works do in this climate is in fact a subtle intervention - for the number of people who would read hundreds of pages to get a deeper insight to the issue are much lesser than the ones who do their armchair theorizing after watching a 3 minute TV footage.
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