The Literary Scene in Palestine

Interessantissimo post (in inglese!) sulla nuova letteratura palestinese

Arabic Literature (in English)

With the Palestine Festival of Literature insha’allah just two days away, author Nora Lester Murad ( discusses the possibilities and challenges of the literary scene, as she’s experienced it, in Palestine.

By Nora Lester Murad

I sat holding my breath in a comfy chair in my friend’s living room. Married to a local (like me), she’s lived in Palestine for a million years under the high ceilings of an old, traditional Ramallah home. It was my favorite night of the week – Wednesday. The Writers’ Circle, a group I instigated under the auspices of the Palestine Writing Workshop, was listening to a stunning young Palestinian read her excerpt. It was about the day when her family, after years of suffering exile as “absentees,” returned to Palestine. A cliché, but true nonetheless: you could have heard a pin drop.

For me, this is the literary scene in…

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