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By Raja Shehadeh

The search for his great-uncle Najib Nassar, an Ottoman journalist – the main points of his existence, and the path of his nice get away from occupied Palestine – fed on award-winning author Raja Shehadeh for 2 years. As he strains Najib’s footsteps, he discovers that this present day it might be most unlikely to escape the cage that Palestine has develop into. A Rift in Time is a kinfolk memoir written in luminescent prose, however it is usually a mirrored image on how Palestine – particularly the disputed Jordan Rift Valley – has been reworked. so much of Palestine’s historical past and that of its humans is buried deep within the floor: complete villages have disappeared and names were erased from the map. but by means of seeing the larger photo of the panorama and the never-ending fight for freedom as Shehadeh does, it truly is nonetheless attainable to seem in the direction of a greater destiny, unfastened from Israeli or Ottoman oppression.

“A paintings of passionate polemic, traveling, historical past, and autobiography, this hugely unique attention of the Palestinian-Israeli factor is dependent round a sequence of lively, attentive hikes in the course of the occupied territories.”—The New Yorker

“Raja Shehadeh’s Palestinian Walks offers a unprecedented historic perception into the tragic alterations occurring in Palestine.” —President Jimmy Carter

“Towards any right realizing of background there are numerous small paths. This continually fantastic booklet modestly describes strolling alongside convinced paths that have touched the lived lives of 2 millennia. Its jogging consultant is an aged guy who confesses; his confessions usually come across a perennial knowledge, and what he's conversing approximately and jogging throughout is without doubt one of the nodal issues of the world’s current challenge. I strongly recommend you stroll with him.”—John Berger , writer of the way of Seeing

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