Trees For The Absentees

Ahlam Bsharat, Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp, Sue Copeland

Young love, meddling aunts, heart-to-hearts with friends real and imagined, Philistia's world is that of an ordinary student. Except in Palestine, and with your father in jail, nothing is ordinary.
Date Published :
September 2019
Publisher :
Neem Tree Press
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781911107231
Pages : 96
Dimensions : 7 X 4.4 inches
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$9.99

Overview
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Young love, meddling relatives, heart-to-hearts with friends real and imagined - Philistia’s world is that of an ordinary university student, except that in occupied Palestine, and when your father is in indefinite detention, nothing is straightforward.

Philistia is closest to her childhood, and to her late grandmother and her imprisoned father, when she’s at her part-time job washing women’s bodies at the ancient Ottoman hammam in Nablus, the West Bank. A midwife and corpse washer in her time, Grandma Zahia taught Philistia the ritual ablutions and the secrets of the body: the secrets of life and death.

On the brink of adulthood, Philistia embarks on a journey through her country’s history – a magical journey, and one of loss and centuries of occupation.

As trees are uprooted around her, Philistia searches for a place of refuge, a place where she can plant a memory for the ones she’s lost.

About The Author
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Ahlam Bsharat grew up in Tammun in Palestine and now lives in Ramallah.
Following a Master's Degree in Arabic, she worked as a teacher for several years. An award-winning author of poetry, picture books, short stories, novels, memoirs, and TV and radio scripts, she also works for the Ministry of Culture in Ramallah. Her literary craft has taken her to Belgium and France, where she was artist in
residence.

Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp is a British literary translator working from German, Russian and Arabic into English. She has translated novels by Fadi Zaghmout, Hanna Winter, Kathrin Rohmann and Yulia Yakovleva. Ruth graduated from the University of Oxford in 2003 and completed an MA in Translation and Interpreting at the University of Bath. She most of all loves translating fiction, nonfiction (particularly history, travel and nature) and children's books.

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