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After the Last Sky: Palestinian Lives Paperback – 6 Oct 1998

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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; New Ed edition (6 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231114494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231114493
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A very personal text, and a very moving one, about an internal struggle: the anguish of living with displacement, with exile.... The most beautiful piece of prose... about what it means to be a Palestinian." -- "The Guardian"

"The power and magic of [Said and Mohr's] collective statement lies in this----no matter how displaced or dispossessed, a decisive border separates the native and the tourist." -- "Jerusalem Post"

"The power and magic of ÝSaid and Mohr's¨ collective statement lies in this----no matter how displaced or dispossessed, a decisive border separates the native and the tourist." -- "Jerusalem Post"

"The power and magic of [Said and Mohr's] collective statement lies in this----no matter how displaced or dispossessed, a decisive border separates the native and the tourist." -- Jerusalem Post

"A very personal text, and a very moving one, about an internal struggle: the anguish of living with displacement, with exile.... The most beautiful piece of prose... about what it means to be a Palestinian." -- The Guardian

"The power and magic of [Said and Mohr's] collective statement lies in this----no matter how displaced or dispossessed, a decisive border separates the native and the tourist." -- "Jerusalem Post"

"A very personal text, and a very moving one, about an internal struggle: the anguish of living with displacement, with exile.... The most beautiful piece of prose... about what it means to be a Palestinian." -- "The Guardian"

"When Said shows us the Palestinian experience min al-dakhil, from the inside, he means not the inside of the place, but the inside of the mind. Palestine becomes a state of mind. And that is what makes the book so exceptional. It is an extended voyage through the mind of exile." -- "The Nation"

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A searing portrait in words and photographs of Palestinian life and identity that is at once an exploration of Edward Said's own dislocated past and a testimony to the lives of those living in exile.

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By A Customer on 7 Nov. 2004
Format: Paperback
Edward Said is a brilliant man who is capable of capturing the essence of the Palestinian plight and tragedy. He is one of the best writers and intellectuals of his time. One can really understand what it means to be Palestinian and see horrors that have transformed them into strong, brave people. My heart goes out to them.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa30f8618) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3138fe4) out of 5 stars great reading, wonderful photography 28 Dec. 1998
By LOODY - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a must-see/read for anybody interested in a genuine solution to the pressing problems in Palestine. Edward Said's poignant descriptions of both Palestinian woes and the fight to retain identity force one either to reeavaluate his or her notions of the Palestinians (if one is inclined to take Western propaganda for granted), or to further support the Palestinian right to live with increased fervor and empathy. If the text is not given a chance, then the photos pose an even greater challenge: Should we finally all accept responsibility for the faltering, ludicrous "peace process" in the Middle East?
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3146aa4) out of 5 stars Visual Poetry 9 Aug. 2003
By Giant Panda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Initially, I did not think that a book written in the mid-1980s would be a useful in the fast-changing topic of the Middle East. This was written before the Oslo peace process and before the first Palestinian Intifada, remember. I was therefore pleasantly surprised to find this gem in the library. Visual poetry is the best description I can think of - beautiful photos from the lens of the Swiss master Jean Mohr document Palestinian reality on every page. The photographic narrative is intertwined with a poetic elaboration by Edward Said (in my opinion the best I've seen of his writing). So much information is there, but also so much is left unsaid - for us readers to think about and visualize. Though some of the events in Middle East history may appear absurd, after reading this book it all starts to fit together and make sense. Even events taking place afterwards like the Intifada makes sense after understand the context the this book paints with such wonderful clarity. More books like this are desperately needed!
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3133984) out of 5 stars Poetic essay 22 Sept. 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book consists of a long personal essay about Palestinian identity which follows the author's thoughts as he reacts to a series of photographs (mostly from 1979) taken by Jean Mohr. It is not a memoir, although the author relates a few early memories of his parents' lives in Palestine and of the arrival of Palestinian refugees in Cairo, where he was living with his family 1948. Mostly, the book focuses on the injustice of a people whose homeland has been violently take away and what it means to be a nation in exile. The photographs are very poignant; it would have been nice to see them in greater detail, but most of them are rather small to accommodate the long text.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3149c78) out of 5 stars An insight of the lives of the Palestinians 2 Jun. 2001
By rawana - rawana@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is written and compiled beautifuly with the pictures. Edward Said, was not writing a memoir as was suggested by the second reviwer. Said even mentions it. To try and put down the wonderful work of Edward Said by justifying him with this so called human rights lawyer-Justus Weiner is yet another way of demolising a great scholar.
HASH(0xa3149e28) out of 5 stars Visual Poetry 19 Oct. 2008
By Giant Panda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Initially, I did not think that a book written in the mid-1980s would be a useful in the fast-changing topic of the Middle East. This was written before the Oslo peace process and before the first Palestinian Intifada, remember. I was therefore pleasantly surprised to find this gem in the library. Visual poetry is the best description I can think of - beautiful photos from the lens of the Swiss master Jean Mohr document Palestinian reality on every page. The photographic narrative is intertwined with a poetic elaboration by Edward Said (in my opinion the best I've seen of his writing). So much information is there, but also so much is left unsaid - for us readers to think about and visualize. Though some of the events in Middle East history may appear absurd, after reading this book it all starts to fit together and make sense. Even events taking place afterwards like the Intifada makes sense after understand the context the this book paints with such wonderful clarity. More books like this are desperately needed!
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