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20 popular palestinian books
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Asia Challenge" were written by authors from Palestine. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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A Woman Is No Man : A Novel by Etaf Rum EN

Rating: 5     5 Votes
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Three generations of Palestinian-American women living in Brooklyn are torn between individual desire and the strict mores of Arab culture in this powerful debut—a heart-wrenching story of love, intrigue, courage, and betrayal that will resonate with women from all backgrounds, giving voice to the silenced and agency to the oppressed. "Where I come from, we’ve learned to silence ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence will save us. Where I come from, we keep these stories to ourselves. To tell them to the outside world is unheard of—dangerous, the ultimate shame.” Palestine, 1990. Seventeen-... continue
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Against the Loveless World : A Novel by Susan Abulhawa EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
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From the internationally bestselling author of the “terrifically affecting” (The Philadelphia Inquirer) Mornings in Jenin, a sweeping and lyrical novel that follows a young Palestinian refugee as she slowly becomes radicalized while searching for a better life for her family throughout the Middle East, for readers of international literary bestsellers including Washington Black, My Sister, The Serial Killer, and Her Body and Other Parties. As Nahr sits, locked away in solitary confinement, she spends her days reflecting on the dramatic events that landed her in prison in a country she barely k... continue
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Blood Brothers by Elias Chacour, David Hazard EN

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The unforgettable story of Elias Chacour, a Palestinian Christian with deep love for both Jews and Arabs. The birth of the modern Jewish nation is set against ancient and modern history.

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En presencia de la ausencia by Mahmud Darwix (palestino) ES

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En presencia de la ausencia es la autobiografía poética de Mahmud Darwix (1941-2008). Volver... ¿adónde? Te preguntas mientras cuelgas cuadros en las paredes de tu nueva dirección. Ir... ¿adónde? Lo que tienes por delante es provisional. Lo que dejas detrás, transido de provisionalidad, está disperso. La eternidad que sube con la luz desde el jardín estalla en una carcajada. Le tomas el pelo diciéndole: También tú eres una exiliada. Y te preguntas: ¿Cuántas puntas has clavado en las parede... continue

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I Saw Ramallah by Mourid Barghouti EN

Rating: 3     2 Votes
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Palestinian poet Barghouti relates his homecoming to Ramallah after 30 years in exile, offering a moving account of what it means to be a Palestinian today. Winner of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature.

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In the Presence of Absence by Mahmoud Darwish EN

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One of the most transcendent poets of his generation, Darwish composed this remarkable elegy at the apex of his creativity, but with the full knowledge that his death was imminent. Thinking it might be his final work, he summoned all his poetic genius to create a luminous work that defies categorization. In stunning language, Darwish’s self-elegy inhabits a rare space where opposites bleed and blend into each other. Prose and poetry, life and death, home and exile are all sung by the poet and his other. On the threshold of im/mortality, the poet looks back at his own existence, intertwined wit... continue

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Light in Gaza : Essays for the Future by Jehad Abusalim, Jennifer Bing, Mike Merryman-Lotze EN

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Light in Gaza gathers a collective Palestinian vision of what a future Gaza could be.

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Men in the Sun by Ghassan Kanafani EN

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This collection of important stories by novelist, journalist, teacher and Palestinina activist Ghassan Kanafani includes 'Men in the Sun,' the basis of the film 'The Deceived.' Also in the volume are 'The Land of Sad Oranges', 'If You Were A Horse', 'The Falcon' and 'Letter from Gaza.'
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Minor Detail by Adania Shibli EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
Country: Asia / Palestine flag Palestine
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Minor Detail begins during the summer of 1949, one year after the war that the Palestinians mourn as the Nakba – the catastrophe that led to the displacement and expulsion of more than 700,000 people – and the Israelis celebrate as the War of Independence. Israeli soldiers capture and rape a young Palestinian woman, and kill and bury her in the sand. Many years later, a woman in Ramallah becomes fascinated to the point of obsession with this ‘minor detail’ of history. A haunting meditation on war, violence and memory, Minor Detail cuts to the heart of the Palestinian ex... continue

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Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
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Palestine, 1948. A mother clutches her six-month-old son as Israeli soldiers march through the village of Ein Hod. In a split second, her son is snatched from her arms and the fate of the Abulheja family is changed forever. Forced into a refugee camp in Jenin and exiled from the ancient village that is their lifeblood, the family struggles to rebuild their world. Their stories unfold through the eyes of the youngest sibling, Amal, the daughter born in the camp who will eventually find herself alone in the United States; the eldest son who loses everything in the struggle for freedom; the stole... continue
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