This gripping, comi-tragic fictional-factual saga takes place in the environs of Jerusalem, from late Ottoman times to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.
With the colorful strokes of his pen, Ibrahim Nasrallah paints a vivid picture of Palestinian villagers' preoccupations and aspirations-their ties to their land, to their animals, and to one another.
Through the experiences of Hajj Mahmud, chief elder of al-Hadiya, his son Khalid and his beloved steed al-Hamama, and other memorable characters ranging from the heroic to the villainous, we relive the realities of the Palestinian village in the early twentieth century, Zionist colonization and its impact on Arab rural life, the trauma that accompanied the British mandate and its aftermath, the Palestinians' struggle to maintain the autonomy and dignity they had known for centuries on end, and the beginnings of life under the Zionist state.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 512 pages
- Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
- Publication Date: 15/04/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9789774164897
- Paperback / softback from £8.95