The Literary Scene in Palestine

Interessantissimo post (in inglese!) sulla nuova letteratura palestinese


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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