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Hubert Haddad and Pierre L'Abbé (Translator)
Guernica Editions, Fall 2014
154 pages
Kindle (eBook)
ISBN13: 9781550718904
ISBN10: 1550718908
Translated from the French
$9.95 Canada, $9.95 US

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Somewhere in the West Bank, an Israeli patrol is attacked by Palestinian commandos. One soldier is killed and another kidnapped. Wounded, in a state of shock, the hostage loses hold of reality and forgets everything, even his own name. Eventually rescued and taken in by two Palestinian women, he becomes Nessim, brother of Falastìn, an idealist law student, and son of Asmahane, the blind widow of an official shot dead in an ambush. Nessim passes through the looking glass, suffering the daily anguish of the inhabitants of the colonized West Bank. In this poignant novel, Hubert Haddad makes Falastìn a modern Antigone: proud, untamed and the victim of man's cruelty. Reflecting the beauty of the setting in his style, he models a modern tragedy in all its horror and absurdity.
The lights of Hebron were visible to the north and, just barely, a constellation in a corner of the falling sky. Towards the end of the horizon, beyond a swath of darkness, sat the Dead Sea. The evening haze, a shroud, mauve lace over the mountains of Moab.

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