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Occupation Diaries


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Life in Palestine today - what it is really like - day to day, now shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2013

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Raja Shehadeh is Palestine's leading writer. He is also a lawyer and the founder of the pioneering Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq. He is the author of several acclaimed books including Strangers in the House and A Rift in Time and winner of the 2008 Orwell Prize for Palestinian Walks (all Profile).


Praise for Palestinian Walks: 'Few Palestinians have opened their minds and their hearts with such frankness * The New York Times *
Shehadeh writes beautifully, his language infused with a lyrical, melancholic sense of loss. An important record of a land marked by conflict that is changing every day * Sunday Telegraph *
Shehadeh is always engaging ... delivering what many activists neglect to mention: the odd, slightly absurd details that really touch people; things that appear off camera, away from news reports * Independent on Sunday *
Towards any proper understanding of history there are many small paths. I strongly suggest you walk with him -- John Berger
Palestinian Walks is a stoic account of a particular place, but one which has universal resonance. The judges felt it made landscape into the essence of politics, and political writing into an art -- John Seaton, chair of the Orwell Prize committee, 2008
Shehadeh describes howthe destruction of a beloved landscape mirrors the damage to Palestinian identity ... lyrical nature-writing with understated political passion * Guardian *
Readers would do well to reckon with the painful particulars of Shehadeh's account, which is at once gentle and angry, resolute and realistic * Nation *
This is a beautiful book and a sad one -- Anthony Lewis
Palestinian Walks provides a rare historical insight into the tragic changes taking place in Palestine -- Jimmy Carter

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