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Winner of the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2008
Raja Shehadeh is a Palestinian lawyer and writer who lives in Ramallah. He is the founder of a pioneering human rights organisation called Al-Haq, an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists. He has published several books about international law, human rights and the Middle East as well as the highly praised When the Bulbul Stopped Singing and Strangers in the House (both Profile).
Shehadeh does a tremendous job ... one of the most compelling things you will read this summer. * Scotland on Sunday * He distills his pain and anger into eloquent prose, meticulously counting the ways he loves the land ... Palestinian Walks is no trite exercise in myth-making or propaganda. * Sunday Tribune * 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 * An important testament to political failure, never more relevant than today. -- Anthony Sattin * Time Out * A new geography has come into being. This beautiful book is not just a guide to the Palestinian present; it is an Israeli album of what is taking place in a faraway land: Palestine. * Ha'aretz * Few Palestinians have opened their minds and hearts with such frankness * New York Book Review * 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 everyday * Sunday Telegraph * 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 * Palestinian Walks provides a rare historical insight into the tragic changes taking place in Palestine. -- Jimmy Carter This is a beautiful book and a sad one. -- Anthony Lewis Readers... would do well to reckon with the painful particulars of Shehadeh's account, which is at once gentle and angry, resolute and realistic. * The Nation *