'My father was shot by a terrorist. I spent the next decade hunting down the shooter. And when I found him . . . I tried to set him free'In 1986, Laura Blumenfeld's father was shot in Jerusalem by a member of a rebel faction of the PLO. He lived, but as he recovered, Blumenfeld's desire for revenge grew.Travelling to Europe, the United States and the Middle East, Blumenfeld gathers avengers' stories as she plots to infiltrate the shooter's life. Through interviews with Yitzhak Rabin's assassin, members of the Albanian Blood Feud Committee, the chief of the Iranian judiciary, the mayor of Palermo, and Egyptian heroin smuggler, the Israeli prime minister and the military chief of staff, priests, sports fans, teenaged girls and prostitutes, she explores the mechanics and psychology of vengeance.Ultimately her journey leads her home, where she confronts her childhood, her parents' failed marriage, and her ideas about family. And in the end, her target turns out to be more complex and in some ways more threatening than the adversary she had long imagined.REVENGE is the story of family, loyalty, and home; of the private passions behind public events; and of the thin red line between love and hate.
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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, Elle and the Los Angeles Times. She currently lives in New York City.
Revenge: A Love Story by Laura Blumenfeld
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