Author: Ron Leshem
Translator: Evan Fallenberg
Original language: Hebrew
Published by: Chatto and Windus/Vintage, 2009
Beaufort, a remote and beautiful fort in southern Lebanon dating back to the Crusades, has been an outpost of the Israeli Defence Force for nearly twenty years. Now, for the teenage soldiers who live there, it has become a world of its own. Subject to constant, terrifying attack, the fort has become an enclave in the heart of enemy territory where its boy soldiers create a state with its own rules and its own unique, outrageous, brutal language.
Beaufort is a revolutionary and potent story of thirteen young men forced together to endure the last winter of Israeli occupation, missing family, home and their purpose in a war that has been forced upon them.