Return: A Palestinian Memoir

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    Ghada Karmi

    Publisher: Verso

    Year: 2015

    Format: Hardcover

    Size: 336 pages

    ISBN: 9781781688427

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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.

What People Are Saying

“A hauntingly written, remorselessly honest, and surely long lasting account of Palestinian loss and struggle.” – Donald MacIntyre, Independent

“In Search of Fatima was a beautifully written and moving narrative... Return is both a sequel and a stand-alone memoir.” Avi Shlaim, Guardian

Book Details

Author: Ghada Karmi
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781781688427
Size: 336 pages
Publisher: Verso
Year: 2015

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