Hala Alyan: Salt Houses

The latest addition to my website is Hala Alyan‘s Salt Houses. This novel tells the story of an extended Palestinian family, from when they are driven out of Nablus (in 1967), having been previously driven out of Jaffa. Some of them go to Kuwait, where they will also be driven out, by Saddam Hussein’s invasion … Read more

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