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Politics enters the lives of every family in Palestine. In this literary-historical tour de force, Suad Amiry traces the lives of individual members of Palestinian families and, through them, the histories of both Palestine and the emigre Palestinian community in other countries of the Middle East. Amiry mixes nostalgia with anger while mocking Israeli doublespeak that seeks to wipe out any trace of a Palestinian past in West Jerusalem. She juxtaposes serial bombardments and personal tragedies; evokes the sights and smells of Palestinian architecture and food; and weaves for us the tapestry that is the Palestinian reality, caught between official histories and private memories. Through poetry and prose, monologue and dialogue, we glimpse the lost Palestinian landscape, obscured by the silent battle between remembering and forgetting.
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Suad Amiry traces the lives of individual members of Palestinian families and, through them, the histories of both Palestine and the emigre Palestinian community in other countries of the Middle East. Golda Slept Here juxtaposes serial bombardments and personal tragedies; evokes the sights and smells of Palestinian architecture and food; and weaves for us the tapestry that is the Palestinian reality, caught between official histories and private memories. Through poetry and prose, monologue and dialogue, we glimpse the lost Palestinian landscape, obscured by the silent battle between remembering and forgetting.

About the Author

Architect and writer Suad Amiry lives in Ramallah where she is director of the Riwaq Center for Architectural Conservation. She received the Italian Viareggio-Versilia Prize for Sharon and My Mother-in-Law: Ramallah Diaries in 2004. Suad has written Nothing to Lose But Your Life, also published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing. Aiman H. Haddad is a freelance translator. He grew up in Jordan and lives in the USA. He received his Bachelor degree in architecture in 1991 and has been working as a translator since 1997. Among his translations are: Iraqi Refugees: The New Crisis in the Middle East by Joseph Sassoon (2011) [in cooperation with Ahmad Awad]; Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History by Norman Finkelstein (2008) [in cooperation with Ahmad Awad]; The Holocaust Industry by Norman Finkelstein (2002) [with Samah Idriss]; The New Military Humanism by Noam Chomsky (2000); The Rise and Fall of Palestine by Norman Finkelstein (1998).

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A refreshingly funny account of the absurdities of everyday life in occupied territories Observer Spirited, thought-provoking and shockingly entertaining -- Hephzibah Anderson Daily Mail Critic's Choice Not only is it really funny but it also shows the kind of courage, vision and humanity needed to bring peace to the Middle East -- Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues A heart-rending exploration of a tumultuous political situation Publishers Weekly The book combines poetry, prose and contemplation of one of the major political stories of our time -- Brenda Repland Arab Vistas Today

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