Dinner at the Center of the Earth is a real tour de force with an unforgettable cast of characters: Prisoner Z who has gone from being a Mossad agent to traitor, a comatose general (who may be Sharon), the guard's mother who could star in her own story.
Many questions are posed and the answers, if there are any, are diffuse. What does it mean to be a traitor to a country who has betrayed your ideals? What is the future of Israel?
Englander describes himself as an optimistic pessimist or a pessimistic optimist and that confusion perfectly describes this amazing book.