Ghassan Zaqtan: حيث اختفى الطائر : رواية (Where the Bird Disappeared)

The latest addition to my website is Ghassan Zaqtan‘s حيث اختفى الطائر : رواية (Where the Bird Disappeared). This is the second book in a loose trilogy. I have already read and reviewed the first one and the third one. This is short, effectively a novella. We follow two boys, Yahya and Zakariyya in a … Read more

Anton Shammas : ערבסקות, (Arabesques)

The latest addition to my website is Anton Shammas‘ ערבסקות, (Arabesques). This is an autobiographical novel (the narrator is called Anton Shammas) which, interestingly enough was written in Hebrew, though it is very much about the Palestinian experience. Shammas tells us the convoluted story of his family in the Palestinian village of Fassuta, about what … Read more

Ibrahim Nasrallah : زمن الخيول البيضاء (Time of White Horses)

The latest addition to my website is Ibrahim Nasrallah ‘s زمن الخيول البيضاء (Time of White Horses). This is a long novel, actually three related novels in a row, telling of the fate of a Palestinian village, Hadiya (which means peaceful) and its inhabitants from the late nineteenth century and the fading of the Ottoman … Read more

Jabra Ibrahim Jabra : البحث البحث عن وليد مسعودد (In Search of Walid Masoud)

The latest addition to my website is Jabra Ibrahim Jabra‘s البحث البحث عن وليد مسعودد (In Search of Walid Masoud). Walid Masoiud is a Palestinian who fought for Palestine after the Nakba but has since moved ro Baghdad, where he has become a banker, a womaniser and an author, though still a supporter of the … Read more

Liana Badr :بوصلة من أجل عباد الشمس (Compass of the Sunflower)

The latest addition to my website is Liana Badr‘s بوصلة من أجل عباد الشمس (Compass of the Sunflower). This was Badr’s first novel and we follow the story of a young Palestinian woman, Jinan, as various events – the 1967 war, Black September, the 1970 war and the Lebanese Civil War – which casue her … Read more

Laila al-Atrash :مرأة للفصول الخمسة، (A Woman of Five Seasons)

The latest addition to my website is Laila al-Atrash‘s :مرأة للفصول الخمسة، (A Woman of Five Seasons). The novel is set in Barquais, a fictitious country, clearly based on one of the Gulf states (to which many Palestinians emigrated after the Nakba). There is no mention in the text of any real Arab country, including … Read more