Seeking Palestine: New Palestinian Writing on Exile and Home


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Editors: Penny Johnson, Raja Shehadeh

9788188965748 | PB | pp. 202 | 2012 | Women Unlimited

Editors Johnson and Shehadeh bring together 15 Palestinian writers and artists, some famous and other relatively unknowns, to share their impressions and reflections of Palestine.

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How do Palestinians live, imagine and reflect on home and exile in this period of a stateless and transitory Palestine and a sharp escalation in Israeli state violence and accompanying Palestinian oppression? How can exile and home be written? In this volume of new writing, fifteen innovative and outstanding Palestinian writers essayists, poets, novelists, critics, artists and memoirists respond with their reflections, experiences, memories and polemics. Their contribution spoignant, humorous, intimate, reflective, intensely political make for an offering that is remarkable for the candor and grace with which it explores the many individual and collective experiences of waiting, living for, and seeking Palestine.


Penny Johnson, Raja Shehadeh




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About the Editors

Penny Johnson is an independent researcher who works closely with the Institute of Women’s Studies at Birzeit University, where she edits the Review of Women s Studies. Recent writing and research on Palestine has focused on weddings and wars, wives of political prisoners, and young Palestinians’ talk about proper and improper marriages. She is an Associate Editor of the Jerusalem Quarterly.

Raja Shehadeh is a Ramallah-based Palestinian lawyer and writer. He is the founder of the pioneering non-partisan human rights organization, Al Haq, an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists, and the author of several books about international law, human rights and the Middle East. He is also the author of the award-winning Palestinian Walks, A Rift in Time: Travels with My Ottoman Uncle and Occupation Diaries.


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