Raja Shehadeh We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I recensie

Raja Shehadeh We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I recensie

We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I

A Palestinian Memoir

  • Schrijver: Raja Shehadeh (Palestina)
  • Soort boek: memoir
  • Taal: Engels
  • Uitgever: Other Books
  • Verschijnt: 28 maart 2023
  • Omvang: 160 pagina’s
  • Uitgave: gebonden boek 

Recensies en waardering voor het boek

  • “Profoundly personal as well as historically significant…In his moral clarity and baring of the heart, his self-questioning and insistence on focusing on the experience of the individual within the storms of nationalist myth and hubris, Shehadeh recalls writers such as Ghassan Kanafani and Primo Levi…a quiet and deeply felt book that illustrates how being dispossessed and being occupied are not merely legal or political conditions.” (New York Times Book Review)
  • “Absolutely gripping…Shehadeh’s writing is clear and pared-back; it wears its power lightly. But his masterly, remorseless selection and accumulation of detail builds an unanswerable case against Palestine’s historic and current oppressors.” (The Guardian)
  • “Shehadeh movingly blends the personal and political in this heartfelt take on his complex relationship with his lawyer father…This poignant memoir will resonate with many, whatever their positions on the political conflict at its center.” (Publishers Weekly)

Flaptekst van de memoir over zijn vader van de Palestijnse schrijver Raja Shehadeh

A subtle psychological portrait of the author’s relationship with his father during the twentieth-century battle for Palestinian human rights.

Aziz Shehadeh was many things: lawyer, activist, and political detainee, he was also the father of bestselling author and activist Raja. In this new and searingly personal memoir, Raja Shehadeh unpicks the snags and complexities of their relationship.

A vocal and fearless opponent, Aziz resists under the British mandatory period, then under Jordan, and, finally, under Israel. As a young man, Raja fails to recognize his father’s courage and, in turn, his father does not appreciate Raja’s own efforts in campaigning for Palestinian human rights. When Aziz is murdered in 1985, it changes Raja irrevocably.

This is not only the story of the battle against the various oppressors of the Palestinians, but a moving portrait of a particular father and son relationship.

Raja Shehadeh is Palestine’s leading writer. He is also a lawyer and the founder of the pioneering Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq. Shehadeh is the author of several acclaimed books including Strangers in the HouseOccupation Diaries, and Palestinian Walks, which won the prestigious Orwell Prize.

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