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By Mourid Barghouti, Edward W. Said (Introduction by), Ahdaf Soueif (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781400032662
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Anchor - May 13th, 2003

This book is from 1997, but the continuing relevance of its themes -- displacement, refugee crises, time, memory, and the ability of art to address situations affecting millions--make reading it feel painfully fresh. Every joy that Barghouti feels during his return to his home in Palestine, the first visit in 30 years, is paired with an equal measure of disorientation and loss. A tangled web of thoughts and memories sprouts with every step he takes. I re-read every sentence in this book at least twice, amazed and transported, feeling lucky to have such an affecting glimpse into a rich and complex life.