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About Susan Abulhawa
susan abulhawa is novelist, poet, essayist, scientist, human and animal rights activist, and mother. Her debut novel, Mornings in Jenin, was translated into 30 languages and is considered a classic in Palestinian literature. Her most recent, Against the Loveless World, likewise received literary acclaim and was lauded as a "masterpiece." The number of books sold and linguistic reach of her books have made abulhawa the most widely read Palestinian author of all time. She is also a human and animal rights activist, a scientist, political commentator, director of the Palestine Writes Literature Festival, and the founder of Playgrounds for Palestine, an international children's NGO upholding the Right to Play for Palestinian children.
Other works by abulhawa include The Blue Between Sky and Water (Bloomsbury, 2015), My Voice Sought the Wind (poetry, Just World Books, 2013), and several anthologies.
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2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize Finalist
“Susan Abulhawa possesses the heart of a warrior; she looks into the darkest crevices of lives, conflicts, horrendous injustices, and dares to shine light that can illuminate hidden worlds for us.” —Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize–winning author
In this “beautiful...urgent” novel (The New York Times), Nahr, a young Palestinian woman, fights for a better life for her family as she travels as a refugee throughout the Middle East.
As Nahr sits, locked away in solitary confinement, she spends her days reflecting on the dramatic events that landed her in prison in a country she barely knows. Born in Kuwait in the 70s to Palestinian refugees, she dreamed of falling in love with the perfect man, raising children, and possibly opening her own beauty salon. Instead, the man she thinks she loves jilts her after a brief marriage, her family teeters on the brink of poverty, she’s forced to prostitute herself, and the US invasion of Iraq makes her a refugee, as her parents had been. After trekking through another temporary home in Jordan, she lands in Palestine, where she finally makes a home, falls in love, and her destiny unfolds under Israeli occupation. Nahr’s subversive humor and moral ambiguity will resonate with fans of My Sister, The Serial Killer, and her dark, contemporary struggle places her as the perfect sister to Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties.
Written with Susan Abulhawa’s distinctive “richly detailed, beautiful, and resonant” (Publishers Weekly) prose, this powerful novel presents a searing, darkly funny, and wholly unique portrait of a Palestinian woman who refuses to be a victim.
Mornings in Jenin is a multi-generational story about a Palestinian family. Forcibly removed from the olive-farming village of Ein Hod by the newly formed state of Israel in 1948, the Abulhejos are displaced to live in canvas tents in the Jenin refugee camp. We follow the Abulhejo family as they live through a half century of violent history. Amidst the loss and fear, hatred and pain, as their tents are replaced by more forebodingly permanent cinderblock huts, there is always the waiting, waiting to return to a lost home.
The novel's voice is that of Amal, the granddaughter of the old village patriarch, a bright, sensitive girl who makes it out of the camps, only to return years later, to marry and bear a child. Through her eyes, with her evolving vision, we get the story of her brothers, one who is kidnapped to be raised Jewish, one who will end with bombs strapped to his middle. But of the many interwoven stories, stretching backward and forward in time, none is more important than Amal's own. Her story is one of love and loss, of childhood and marriage and parenthood, and finally the need to share her history with her daughter, to preserve the greatest love she has.
Set against one of the twentieth century's most intractable political conflicts, Mornings in Jenin is a deeply human novel - a novel of history, identity, friendship, love, terrorism, surrender, courage, and hope. Its power forces us to take a fresh look at one of the defining conflicts of our lifetimes.
Internationally bestselling author Susan Abulhawa's powerful new novel explores the legacy of dispossession across continents and generations. With devastatingly clear-eyed vision of political and personal trauma, The Blue Between Sky and Water is the story of flawed yet profoundly courageous women, of separation and heartache, endurance and renewal.
In Amerika aufgewachsen, kennt die Palästinenserin Nur die malerischen Dörfer ihrer Heimat bloß aus den Erzählungen ihres Großvaters. Doch dann trifft sie Jamal, der als Arzt in Gaza arbeitet und sie dorthin einlädt. Zum ersten Mal reist Nur zu ihrer Familie und erlebt, wie eng deren Geschichte mit der Israels und Palästinas verflochten ist. Sie ist überwältigt von den Eindrücken, erfährt aber auch eine bittere Wahrheit über Jamal. Stehen lediglich die strengen Regeln seiner Kultur zwischen ihnen? Nur muss herausfinden, wohin sie und ihre Liebe gehören.
Die internationale Bestsellerautorin Susan Abulhawa erzählt auch in ihrem neuen Roman voller Poesie von einer Familie ohne Heimat, von Krieg, Frieden und Hoffnung.
The Palestine Festival of Literature was established in 2008 by authors Ahdaf Soueif, Brigid Keenan, Victoria Brittain and Omar Robert Hamilton. Bringing writers to Palestine from all corners of the globe, it aimed to break the cultural siege imposed by the Israeli military occupation, to strengthen artistic links with the rest of the world, and to reaffirm, in the words of Edward Said, "the power of culture over the culture of power."
Celebrating the tenth anniversary of PalFest, This Is Not a Border is a collection of essays, poems, and sketches from some of the world's most distinguished artists, responding to their experiences at this unique festival. Both heartbreaking and hopeful, their gathered work is a testament to the power of literature to promote solidarity and hope in the most desperate of situations.
Contributing authors include J. M. Coetzee, China Miéville, Alice Walker, Geoff Dyer, Claire Messud, Henning Mankell, Michael Ondaatje, Kamila Shamsie, Michael Palin, Deborah Moggach, Mohammed Hanif, Gillian Slovo, Adam Foulds, Susan Abulhawa, Ahdaf Soueif, Jeremy Harding, Brigid Keenan, Rachel Holmes, Suad Amiry, Gary Younge, Jamal Mahjoub, Molly Crabapple, Najwan Darwish, Nathalie Handal, Omar Robert Hamilton, Pankaj Mishra, Raja Shehadeh, Selma Dabbagh, William Sutcliffe, Atef Abu Saif, Yasmin El-Rifae, Sabrina Mahfouz, Alaa Abd El Fattah, Mercedes Kemp, Ru Freeman.
Dieser Roman erschien in leicht veränderter Fassung zuvor als Hardcover unter dem Titel »Nahrs letzter Tanz«.
Jenin im Blumenmonat April: Früh morgens, bevor die Welt um sie herum erwacht, liest Amals Vater ihr aus den Werken großer Dichter vor. Es sind Momente des Friedens und der Hoffnung, die Amal ihr Leben lang im Herzen trägt — ein Leben, das stets geprägt ist vom scheinbar ausweglosen Konflikt zweier Nationen.
Seit Generationen leben die Abulhijas als Olivenbauern in dem idyllischen Dorf Ein Hod. Ihr Leben ist friedlich — bis 1948 die Zionisten den Staat Israel ausrufen und sich alles verändert. Die Dorfbewohner werden mit Waffengewalt aus ihren Häusern vertrieben, müssen ihr Land, ihren Besitz und ihr Zuhause zurücklassen. Amal, geboren im Flüchtlingslager in Jenin, lernt die Heimat ihrer Vorväter nie kennen. Stattdessen erlebt sie Kriege, Gewalt und schreckliche Verluste, aber sie erfährt auch Freundschaft und Liebe in der Gemeinschaft der Vertriebenen. Weder Amal noch ihre Familie ahnen jedoch, wie eng ihr Schicksal und das von Israel und Palästina wirklich zusammenhängen …
Introduction by Palestinian-American journalist Ramzy Baroud. Testimonies by international observers. Timeline of events. List of “known dead.” 38 photos by Palestinian photographer Mahfouz Abu Turk. Calligraphy by Mamoun Sakkal.
One testimony is that of 9-year-old Rund al-Shalabi who complains that the Israeli soldiers smashed her toys. Also, it develops, they shot and killed her father.
Another testimony is that of the Red Crescent ambulance driver Ihab Ayadi who tells how Israeli soldiers held him at gun point to prevent him from rescuing gunshot victims until they had a chance to bleed to death. Um Muhammad is a mother who was hiding in her basement with the rest of her family when the Israeli soldiers ordered them out, separated the men and took them away to an unknown location. The soldiers swept through the house, throwing all the belongings out the upper windows as sport. They found the family's life savings in a cloth bag hidden in the bedroom and stole the money. After eleven days they forced the women to walk to another section where they took shelter in a vacant house. When they returned, the top floor was completely burned out.
Searching Jenin includes testimony that has never before appeared in the international or even in the Palestinian media. One testimony is with Samah Tawalbe, the wife of martyred resistance leader Mahmud Tawalbe. Another testimony is that of Mahmud Tawalbe's mother. Another interview is with Amani Abu al-Raaab who witnessed the execution of captive resistance leader Abu Jandal.
Nahr si mette seduta nel Cubo e racconta la storia a Bilal. Bilal che non è lì, che forse non è più neanche vivo, ma che è la sua unica ragione per uscire fuori.