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Unlikely Settler, The Hardcover – 6 Mar 2014

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Other Press (6 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590516834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590516836
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,209,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The unlikely settler is the author of this distinctive memoir, a Bengali journalist and filmmaker married to a Jewish Englishman active in the peace movement in Jerusalem, where they live, and where their marriage and family are exposed to all the schisms and pressures that that environment implies. Pelham capably describes the schizophrenic atmosphere of today s Israel/Palestine, the Kafkaesque dynamics of life for the Palestinians, the dramatic political divisions within the Israeli community, the frequent need to disguise one's identity, and the tortured logic of what one can do or say, or the language in which to say it. And it is in this crucible that the intrinsic fissures in the author s marriage, not only the ethnic and religious, but also the quotidian conflicts about work and child raising, split wide open. This is an honest book, the implicit message being that it is no easier to assign responsibility within a relationship than to navigate toward a peace to which Pelham s husband, Leo, devotes his working life. The Unlikely Settler is, well, unsettling.' - Mark Levine

'Personal drama and inner conflicts are intertwined naturally with the dramas and conflicts of the outside world in this emotionally moving memoir.' - Zeruya Shalev, author of Thera and Husband and Wife

'It's fascinating and refreshing to see everyday life in Jerusalem through the sharp, affectionate eyes of Lipika Pelham as she encounters and befriends zionists, ulra orthodox Haredis, Arab Jews, left wing intellectuals, Israeli Arabs, Palestinians, Bedouins, Christians, expatriates and international peace-keepers in this city of warring sides and emotional flare-ups. It helps to understand the complexities of the Israeli Palestinian conflict.' - Claudia Roden, author of The Book of Jewish Food

'[D]istinctive... The Unlikely Settler is, well, unsettling.' - BookList

'A touching personal delineation of divided loyalties and riven hearts.' - --Kirkus

About the Author

Lipika Pelham was born and raised on the border between Bangladesh and India, and in the past twenty years has lived in England, Morocco, Jordan, and Israel. In her early twenties she joined the BBC World Service and reported from India, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Morocco, and Israel. In 2005 Lipika moved with her family to Jerusalem, where she became a documentary filmmaker, winning among other prizes the prestigious Centre Méditerranéen de la Communication Audiovisuelle Prix Spécial du Jury in 2010.

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