This exchange of letters between Etgar Keret and Sayed Kashua is the first in a two-part series. It appeared on Oct. 13th, 2014 in the New Yorker magazine. Kashua explains his decision to leave Israel to his friend and Keret responds. They speak about despair, coexistence, and the role of narrative, but they aren’t just about the conflict. The letters also talk about the details of everyday life – from cucumbers to pizza toppings and the wonders of outlet malls.They are normal letters in a not-normal context.