The drone eats with me : a Gaza diary / Atef Abu Saif.

Item request has been placed! ×
Item request cannot be made. ×
loading   Processing Request
  • Additional Information
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "An ordinary Gazan's chronicle of the struggle to survive during Israel's 2014 invasion of Gaza The fifty-day Israel-Gaza conflict that began in early July of 2014 left over 2,100 people dead. The overwhelming majority of the dead were Palestinians, including some 500 children. Another 13,000-odd Palestinians were wounded, and 17,200 homes demolished. These statistics are sadly familiar, as is the political rhetoric from Israeli and Palestinian authorities alike. What is less familiar, however, is a sense of the ordinary Gazan society that war lays to waste. One of the few voices to make it out of Gaza was that of Atef Abu Saif, a writer and teacher from Jabalia refugee camp, whose eyewitness accounts (published in the Guardian, New York Times, and elsewhere) offered a rare window into the conflict for Western readers. Here, Abu Saif's complete diaries of the war allow us to witness the events of 2014 from the perspective of a young father, fearing for his family's safety. In The Drone Eats with Me, Abu Saif brings readers an intimate glimpse of life during wartime, as he, his wife, and his two young children attempt to live their lives with a sense of normalcy, in spite of the ever-present danger and carnage that is swallowing the place they call home"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-258).
    • ISBN:
    • Accession Number:
    • Accession Number:
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      ABŪ SAYF, ʻĀṭif. The drone eats with me : a Gaza diary. [s. l.]: Beacon Press, 2015. ISBN 9780807049105. Disponível em: Acesso em: 12 ago. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Abū Sayf ʻĀṭif. The Drone Eats with Me : A Gaza Diary. Beacon Press; 2015. Accessed August 12, 2020.
    • APA:
      Abū Sayf, ʻĀṭif. (2015). The drone eats with me : a Gaza diary. Beacon Press.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Abū Sayf, ʻĀṭif. 2015. The Drone Eats with Me : A Gaza Diary. Beacon Press.
    • Harvard:
      Abū Sayf, ʻĀṭif (2015) The drone eats with me : a Gaza diary. Beacon Press. Available at: (Accessed: 12 August 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Abū Sayf, ʻĀṭif 2015, The drone eats with me : a Gaza diary, Beacon Press, viewed 12 August 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Abū Sayf, ʻĀṭif. The Drone Eats with Me : A Gaza Diary. Beacon Press, 2015. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Abū Sayf, ʻĀṭif. The Drone Eats with Me : A Gaza Diary. Beacon Press, 2015.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Abū Sayf ʻĀṭif. The drone eats with me : a Gaza diary [Internet]. Beacon Press; 2015 [cited 2020 Aug 12]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2016 July #1

*Starred Review* Gazan novelist Saif is no stranger to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In his devastating first-hand account of the 50-day war in Gaza in 2014, he serves as an eyewitness for those who lived and perished that summer. With journalistic eloquence and the compassion of a husband and father of five, his war diary records his family's experiences day by day, night by never-ending night. Saif is aware he's cheating death amid the persistent whir of drones and thumps of missiles. His family is among the lucky ones because in Gaza, during a war, there is no absolutely safe place to be. They leave their beachside neighborhood for the relative security of his father-in-law's house. He tries, unconvincingly, to answer his children's difficult questions during the sleepless nights. Saif marks the war through the rhythm of life at the nearby school-turned-refugee-center, in the changing landscape of ruined buildings, in the hours without electricity, and in light of the news from friends and extended family. Ramadan is stripped of some of its traditional joy by the ongoing chaos. As much as possible, Saif sets politics aside in order to focus on both the human tragedy that continues to play out there and the power of hope. An important addition to Middle Eastern literature. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.