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I Saw Ramallah

by Murid Barghuthi, Ahdaf Soueif

ISBN 1400032660 / 9781400032662 / 1-4000-3266-0
Publisher Vintage Books
Language English
Edition Softcover
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Winner of the prestigious Naguib Mahfouz Medal, this fierce and moving work is an unparalleled rendering of the human aspects of the Palestinian predicament.

Barred from his homeland after 1967s Six-Day War, the poet Mourid Barghouti spent thirty years in exileshuttling among the worlds cities, yet secure in none of them; separated from his family for years at a time; never certain whether he was a visitor, a refugee, a citizen, or a guest. As he returns home for the first time since the Israeli occupation, Barghouti crosses a wooden bridge over the Jordan River into Ramallah and is unable to recognize the city of his youth. Sifting through memories of the old Palestine as they come up against what he now encounters in this mere idea of Palestine, he discovers what it means to be deprived not only of a homeland but of the habitual place and status of a person. A tour de force of memory and reflection, lamentation and resilience, I Saw Ramallah is a deeply humane book, essential to any balanced understanding of todays Middle East. [via]