Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New review: Radwa Ashour’s ‘The Woman from Tantoura’

Electronic Intifada, 8th July 2014

Ruqayya’s story — told partly by her in old age — is the tale of one young girl, her loves, family, marriage, work, children and grandchildren. In Ashour’s confident hands, it is also a grand narrative of Palestinian life since the Nakba, the ethnic cleansing by Zionist forces before, during and after Israel’s establishment. Life is shaped by political events: the uprooting of the refugees, the discrimination and brutality with which they were treated by the Lebanese authorities, the horrors of Lebanon’s civil war and the way in which individuals negotiated their way through it.

The full article is here.

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