Palestinian Walks: Forays Into a Vanishing Landscape (Paperback)
by Raja Shehadeh
In this original and evocative book, we accompany Raja on six walks taken between 1978 and 2006. The earlier forays are peaceful affairs, allowing our guide to meditate at length on the character of his native land, a terrain of olive trees on terraced hillsides, luxuriant valleys carved by sacred springs, carpets of wild iris and hyacinth and ancient monasteries built more than a thousand years ago. Shehadeh's love for this magical place saturates his renderings of its history and topography. But latterly, as seemingly endless concrete is poured to build settlements and their surrounding walls, he finds the old trails are now impassable and the countryside he once traversed freely has become contested ground. He is harassed by Israeli border patrols, watches in terror as a young hiking companion picks up an unexploded missile and even, on one occasion when accompanied by his wife, comes under prolonged gunfire.
About the Author
Raja Shehadeh is the author of several highly-acclaimed books, including Palestinian Walks, winner of the Orwell Prize, and We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I: A Palestinian Memoir.
Category: Palestine Studies
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Date Published: June 03, 2008
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