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The Woman from Tantoura: A Novel from Palestine Paperback – 18 Dec 2018
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"Gives new insight into the known and hidden chapters of Palestinian history. It is also a celebration of Palestinian popular culture, of unsung heroes, big and small acts of resistance, creativity and resilience in the face of overwhelming odds."--Sally Bland, Jordan Times
"Some books have a way of enchanting, attracting, and drawing you to leave your world and start a life among its pages. The Woman from Tantoura, the latest masterpiece from Egyptian writer Radwa Ashour, is exactly that kind of book."--Diwan al-Arab
"Rich, challenging and indisputably important . . . a grand narrative of Palestinian life since the Nakba . . . Read this book. Then read it again, and then lend it to your friends." --Electronic Intifada
"Radwa Ashour was a powerful voice among Egyptian writers of the postwar generation and a writer of exceptional integrity and courage. Her work consistently engages with her country's history and reflects passionately upon it . . . She will surely occupy an important place in the story to which she attended with such sensitivity and conscience."--The Guardian
"one of the most influential writers in Arab region"--Egypt Independent
"Ashour writes beautifully, balancing her own talent for evocative."--India Stoughton, The Daily Star
"Radwa Ashour reveals her sublime talent in her novel The Woman from Tantoura. Serious-minded, severe, and profound, [it] is an unforgettable story about the human search for meaning in the wake of suffering and tragedy. Highly recommended."--Library Bookwatch
"an important writer whose exemplary work we need more of in English"--The Independent
About the Author
Radwa Ashour (1946-2014) was a highly acclaimed Egyptian writer and scholar. She was the author of more than fifteen works of fiction, memoir, and criticism, including Granada (AUC Press, 2008) and Specters (AUC Press, 2010), and was a recipient of the Constantine Cavafy Prize for Literature and the prestigious Owais Prize for Fiction. Kay Heikkinen is a translator and academic who holds a PhD from Harvard University and is currently Ibn Rushd Lecturer of Arabic at the University of Chicago. Among other books, she translated Naguib Mahfouz's In the Time of Love (AUC Press, 2010).
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This book follows the life story of Ruqayya, a woman from the Palestinian village of Tantoura. Tantoura became famous as the site of a massacre by Israeli forces in 1948.
The realism of Ruqayya's narrative is breathtaking, and caught myself constantly forgetting that it is fiction. Part of what gives it the fire of truth is the reality of the events that shape it, never as a backdrop, but as hubs and spokes of relationships and hooks of daily life.
A novel of Palestine... with all its peaks and valleys of human experience. I highly recommend it be in your to-read list.