The book of Gaza : a city in short fiction / edited by Atef Abu Saif ; with additional editorial support from Chelsea Milsom and Lauren Pyott.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: Discover the city of Gaza through its short stories. Bringing together a dozen of Palestine's greatest modern prose writers, this anthology sets contemporary stories against the backdrop of one of the world's most talked-about cities, presenting them in English translation for the first time. Together, these stories will enable English-speaking readers to go beyond the global media coverage, and enter into the daily life of ordinary characters struggling to live with dignity in what is effectively the world's largest prison.
    • Content Notes:
      A journey in the opposite direction / Atef Abu Saif, translated by Tom Aplin -- The cloak of the sea / Nayrouz Qarmout, translated by Charis Bredin -- Red lights / Talal Abu Shawish, translated by Alice Guthrie -- The whore of Gaza / Najlaa Ataallah, translated by Sarah Irving -- A white flower for David / Ghareeb Asqalani, translated by John Peate -- Dead Numbers / Yusra al Khatib, translated by Emily Danby -- When I cut off Gaza's head / Mona abu Sharekh, translated by Katharine Halls -- Two men / Abdallah Tayeh, translated by Adam Talib -- You and I / Asmaa al Ghul, translated by Alexa Firat -- Abu Jaber returns to the woods / Zaki al 'Ela, translated by Max Weiss.
    • Notes:
      Translated from the Arabic.
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    • ISBN:
      9781905583645
      1905583648
    • Accession Number:
      neos.8797096
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      ABŪ SAYF, ʻĀṭif. The book of Gaza : a city in short fiction. [s. l.]: Comma Press, 2014. ISBN 9781905583645. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8797096&custid=s3443875. Acesso em: 25 maio. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Abū Sayf ʻĀṭif. The Book of Gaza : A City in Short Fiction. Comma Press; 2014. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8797096&custid=s3443875. Accessed May 25, 2020.
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      Abū Sayf, ʻĀṭif. (2014). The book of Gaza : a city in short fiction. Comma Press.
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Reviews

PW Reviews 2014 August #4

This anthology features some of the best fiction from Gaza to provide glimpses into a city that is widely referenced and not easily classified. The stories vary in style and tone but are unified by themes like self-realization, social conflict, and reflection on the past. Lost love and forced separation are subjects explored by many of the authors, including "Dead Numbers" by Yursa al Khatib, in which a man debates calling a distant love. Several stories center on the search for understanding. In Mona Abu Sharekh's "When I Cut off Gaza's Head" the narrator receives mysterious written confessions from Salwa, a woman she has never met. Gradually, the more the narrator learns about Salwa, the more the narrator understands herself. The collection celebrates humanity by depicting moments of great empathy in a place intruded by "an air of war, raging war," as described by Talal Abu Shawish's "Red Lights." This fractured, dangerous environment is best exemplified in "A White Flower for David" by Ghareeb Asqalani, a standout story in the collection about acts of compassion in a coastal refugee camp. Together these brief slices of life portray an ancient city that is, as Saif's introduction explains, "at the heart of one of the greatest conflicts in modern history." Some of the collection is less captivating, but every story helps to shape this important, compassionate book. (July)

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