Dispatches From An Israeli-Palestinian Life

Book - 2016
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A collection of interrelated essays by the Arab-Israeli satirical columnist captures the nuances of everyday family life in modern Jerusalem, detailing his experiences with racism, marriage, parenthood, Jewish-Arab conflicts, professional ambition and world traveling, from the Israeli paper Haaretz.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780802124555
Branch Call Number: 956.94 Q11
Characteristics: xii, 289 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Mandel, Ralph - Translator
Alternative Title: Arets (Tel Aviv, Israel)


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Dec 06, 2017

I have read some of the author Sayed Kashua's columns in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz and also watched about three seasons of Arab Labor (Avoda Aravit), which details the life of a Arab writer who writes for an Israeli paper, i.e. similar to his experience. It was an excellent sit-com although it got much darker by the third year and was painful to watch. (It is on Amazon.) Kashua writes in Hebrew and is says he is more comfortable writing in Hebrew than Arabic.

This book includes some of his weekly stories/essays that he wrote from about 2007 to 2015 before leaving with his family for Illinois to teach at a university there. The essays mostly are about his daily living experiences as a writer, father, and husband. He also recounts in a very moving way his leaving his Arab village, Tira, in central Israel, and buying an apartment in Jerusalem where people have electricity and hot water all the time. His essays are humorous but often very poignant. As per the title, the book does focus on daily Israeli-Palestinian life and is less directly political than I had expected. It is definitely a book worth reading.

eferry May 03, 2016

I didn't know what to expect from this collection of essays. Kashua shares insights both obvious and subtle about his family and life as an Arab writer in Israel. His essays, though mostly brief, chronicle the last decade or so of his life before a more recent move to Illinois and the turns and twists that led him to make such a change.

A great read! Quick, but engaging!


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