“As the narrative opens, we are unsure if war is beginning, will begin, or has already begun. Throughout, we are equally unsure if war is ending, and how we might recognise this ‘ending’ when it comes.”
“Alone, between sky and earth, I think of Radwa.”
The shortlist is an eclectic bunch and includes a graphic novel, essay collection, two histories, two memoirs, and a novel.
“…a field of discourse that is no wider than the opened blades of the censor’s scissors.”
Seven of the nine finalists for the 2016 Neustadt Prize are women — the highest percentage yet for the forty-five-year-old prize.
“I attempted to return on Wednesday to attend the Palestine Literature Festival where I was due to speak and present my film.”
The 2015 Palestine Festival of Literature, which opens this year on May 23, recently announced its participating authors and their schedule, which includes events in six cities.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect to the “Book of Gaza” is to see the trajectory, obsessions, and interests of the Gazan short story over the course of forty years.
“Apart from books in Hebrew, there are also an impressive collection of books in Russian, English, Spanish and French.”
At first, I thought, “Hmm, this foreword might alienate people.” Later, I was more annoyed by how it had shaped the way in which I approached the book.
“I’m for human and architectural progress, and not looking at the past with excess consecration or romanticization.”