A Palestinian Memoir

Book - 2015
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An extraordinary memoir of exile and the impossibility of finding home, from the author of In Search of Fatima

"The journey filled me with bitterness and grief. I remember looking down on a nighttime Tel Aviv from the windows of a place taking me back to London and thinking hopelessly, 'flotsam and jetsam, that's what we've become, scattered and divided. There's no room for us or our memories here. And it won't be reversed.'"

Having grown up in Britain following her family's exile from Palestine, doctor, author and academic Ghada Karmi leaves her adoptive home in a quest to return to her homeland. She starts work with the Palestinian Authority and gets a firsthand understanding of its bizarre bureaucracy under Israel's occupation.

In her quest, she takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the heart of one of the world's most intractable conflict zones and one of the major issues of our time. Visiting places she has not seen since childhood, her unique insights reveal a militarised and barely recognisable homeland, and her home in Jerusalem, like much of the West Bank, occupied by strangers. Her encounters with politicians, fellow Palestinians, and Israeli soldiers cause her to question what role exiles like her have in the future of their country and whether return is truly possible.

Publisher: London ; Brooklyn, NY : Verso, 2015.
ISBN: 9781781688427
Branch Call Number: B KARMI GHADA
Characteristics: xiii, 319 pages : map ; 22 cm


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Jul 27, 2017

In this memoir, Karmi tells of the incredible Israeli oppression on the Palestinian people and the daily impact of the wall, checkpoints and barriers at every turn. She also tells of the irrelevance and divisions within the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinian struggle is not unified or a national cause. A book of despair.

Apr 24, 2016

A very self centered narrative,
on one page over 20 I's. This author could have been much more informative of the Palestinian plight if she spent fewer pages on her personal feelings. Still not a bad read.

Mar 27, 2016

more myth than factual, it is an account by a deeply unhappy and neurotic woman of her paradise lost.


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