The Attack is a novel that explores the prospects yet usual occurrence of the suicide bomber that we see frequently in now a days's headlines. Its protagonist is Dr. Amin Jaafari, a man of Arab outset who is an incorporated Israeli citizen and offering services as a surgeon in a Tel Aviv hospital. The novel opens up with the presumption of a suicidal bombard that had endangered many lives, and Jaafari recounts the hours in the infirmary and operating room leading the attack but this time, the attack has caused casualty with his wife, Sihem.
The novel breaks through as Jaafari attempts and startles to be on the same wavelength of his wife's intensions as it is disclosed to him that she is the forefront defendant. Sihem does not fit the profile of a ritualized suicide bomber which bemuses Jaafari more as he attempts to come to terms with his unusual realism; his life that once served as an example of Arab-Israeli unification descends into a panic-struck search of truth and closure.
The Attack was initially written in French; it was interpreted to English by John Cullen. Yasmina Khadra also happens to be the pen name of the true author Mohammed Moulessehoul, a former officer of the Algerian army. As a soldier who survived the Algerian civil war of the 1990s, Moulessehoul's writing is greatly and understandably influenced by the ministerial disputes of the Arab world. His prior novel The Swallows of Kabul was shortlisted for the IMPAC award for its depiction of the Taliban in Afghanistan.