‘Tell’ by Najwan Darwish; translated by Kareem James Abu-Zeid ▫️
Tell me who this young lion is
and how he leaped into the air
as they hunted him
from Musrara to Sheikh Jarrah
Tell me about that gaunt and gallant man
and how a whole squadron assailed him
at the Qalandia checkpoint
yet could not bring him down
Tell me about that girl who stood tall
as the bulldozer leveled her
like an almond tree in March
Tell this to those
who say we’ve been defeated

Being back home means being able to read my poetry collection again. And because I’m still thinking about Palestine all the time, I’ve been rereading Najwan Darwish’s wonderful collection, published by @nyrbooks in 2014.
Musrara and Sheikh Jarrah are neighbourhoods of Jerusalem. I lived in the latter, which in recent years has become a really tense and sad place due to the violent takeover of Palestinian family homes by Israeli settlers. These houses are guarded by 24-hour armed security. Seeing them every day made me so angry. Qalandia checkpoint is the main entry point to Jerusalem from the West Bank; crossing it is incredibly time-consuming and very often a humiliating and disruptive experience for those Palestinians who have the permits that allow them to enter Jerusalem, which is completely under Israeli control after the state illegally annexed East Jerusalem in 1967. “That girl” is a reference to Rachel Corrie, an American activist who was killed in Gaza in 2003 by an Israeli bulldozer when peacefully protesting a house demolition.
Has anyone else read Najwan Darwish’s work? I think he’s incredible.
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"Seit ich höre, hat man mir gesagt, ich sei anders, und ich habe geachtet darauf, ob es so ist, wie sie sagen. Und es ist so, Hochwürden: Ich bin anders. ... Hochwürden haben gesagt, man muß das annehmen, und ich hab's angenommen. Jetzt ist es an Euch, Hochwürden, Euren Jud anzunehmen." .
Zuglektüren. 🇬🇧 ANDORRA is one of the most famous plays by Swiss playwright and author Max Frisch. It deals with the formation and effect of antisemitic stereotypes and sentiments within a small society, and the question of how characteristics and identities persistently ascribed to a person can grow to manifest themselves and be accepted by that person as part of themselves. A quick, but weighty read. .
OIL ON WATER by Helon Habila is a gripping, vivid novel about the human and environmental cost of the foreign-led oil industry in the Niger delta. When the wife of a British oil engineer is kidnapped for ransom by militants, journalist Rufus is sent to meet with the kidnappers and confirm her well-being. His journey into the foggy, oil-slick labyrinth of the delta uncovers the extent of destruction both in the land and the biographies of those inhabiting it. Telling such a story well without either becoming too heavy with fact and lecture, or too light by glossing over weighty issues, requires walking a fine line - Habila does it expertly. .
| Werbung, da Marken erkennbar | #theunreadshelfproject2018 #bookreview #buchrezension

fall is here & all its little thieveries compelled me to medicate with books, & oh what good books they are, two of them arrived today in such glory I had to read each, one in one hand, all at once.

‘Why is it that I write only these fragments from my life at the university? Is it laziness, inadequacy, or evasiveness? Or the wisdom inherent in the detachment that makes writing possible, since the experience of the 30 years I’ve spent in the university - or, more precisely, 31 years, plus the 4 years I spent studying at Cairo University - seems to me like a sea in which I could drown. What writer has ever been able to put her entire life into one text?’

Spectres is full of so much that interests me: the blend of fiction and autobiography, Cairo, the history of Palestine, academic ambitions, struggles against corruption and state violence, growing up and growing older as a woman and as a writer...Radwa Ashour balances perfectly between her own narrative and that of Shagar, the fictional character whose life (and interests) run parallel to her own. Structurally it’s such an ambitious book and it easily could have not worked. But it does and I really loved it. Ashour deserves so many more readers! I hope her readership grows posthumously - she was such an impressive and moral writer, and her writing is full of humour and humanity. #SophiaStoriesReviews #ReadingOutsideTheBox #ReadMoreTranslations

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served myself a treat on a golden platter✨

Here I am unvarnished to tell you, when this novel was released in the late ‘70s, a chapter was published a month. This should tell you about the pace at which the book must be savored. I am deeply struck by Tsushima’s prose (as well as the deftness of the translation), the way she inhabits moments and turns them into deep wells. Hers is work that seems smooth on the surface, but when experienced, is smoky, and blunt, and refined. Each chapter is a season of a woman’s experience of her first year without her husband, who has left her. The woman and her child move into an apartment suffused with light, and woman and space merge here in telling and deft ways. The woman dreams of water, and the apartment floods, the woman wearies of life alone and windows sprout blue mesh. These connections are pulled from a dream world, but in Tsushima’s hands, they are inarguably real, the dream turned on its heel into wakefulness at an exact moment. Tsushima’s words go down so easily, it’s startling when the ribbon of her thoughts reveals love as a terrible and dreadful thing. The mother, exhausted, grieving, overburdened, shoves her child, lets her child wallow in her pee-stained pants until the crying has gone on so long she begrudgingly gets out of bed. These are beautiful, harsh moments, incisively clear on the ways in which the people we love most also bear the greatest parts of our pain. Tenderness too is here, with the mother, despite her burdens, often carrying her child when she has grown exhausted, caressing her back until the child falls asleep. The child too assumes the motherhood role, at three she mops her mother’s face when she falls ill and insists her mother stroke the back of a homeless man with her, to soothe him. Tsushima will not ease your idea of what it means to care for another but I found these moments stunning in their resonance, depth, and honesty (some may cry neglect! at the idea of a toddler caring for her mother, though I am not among them-love’s being is complex). A tasting whiskey, Territory of Light demands time, a tolerance of fire skimmed with a deceptively silky surface—the trace of which you feel long after the pages run out.

Read in August. #aliOreads

‘In the first weeks, the place appeared to her as a captivating postcard, a picture, and she was surprised and delighted to enter it and become one of its components. Such is the innocence of the young, of course, their foolish fancies, which hover buoyantly above the earth and leave it to the feet to stumble about as they make their way cautiously toward perception, then knowledge.’

Now reading the Egyptian writer Radwa Ashour’s Sceptres, which is a hybrid text, combining fiction and memoir. She tells two stories - her own upbringing, education and activism in Cairo and that of a fictional character, Shagar, who also grows up in Cairo but is a historian instead of a literary scholar. I absolutely love it so far - it is beautifully, beautifully written.
Has anyone else read Radwa Ashour’s work, either in Arabic or in translation? I fear that she is not well known enough at all, which is such a shame.
#ReadMoreTranslations #ReadingOutsideTheBox

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been back one day at my teaching work & already everything is covered in caffeine ☕️

Se ami la montagna, impossibile non leggere le opere di Frison-Roche 🏔️ 📚 Primier de cordée
👤 Roger Frison-Roche


I am headed back to work on Monday & I am my usual stress-dreaming, worry-worrying, neurotic-planning back-to-school self & though the return always makes me anxious and nervous and frizzy, it also means the return to kids’ geniuses and quirks & lunch time books, both of which are dear to me in my job & ever since reading @kimberly.a.kruge ‘s work I am haunted by it. Her words interrupt me when I am living, tap me on my shoulder and stop me where I am. So thoughtfully crafted, she’s a writer who must be taken in during those exhausted lunch breaks, when the brain is open for nourishment, ready to step outside the self, ready for transportation, for instruction, for beauty & growth 🍃

Tonight I am taking a break from knitting and escaping inside a book. And this is not just any book it is “Borne” by Jeff Vandermeer. One of the most engrossing books I have read in a very long time. I don’t normally read Sci-fi but this is one that will keep you turning the pages. #apocalypticvision #reading #scifi #timetorread #interestingbook #breathtakingstory #story #itcouldbereal #booksandtea #bookblogger #insideastory #booksaddict #bookblog #daydreamerbooks #readingoutsidethebox

reluctantly returned home from a beautiful weekend in the smoky mountains and by the still sea to find THIS BOOK on my doorstep, which is as good a remedy for the travel blues as I could ever think of indeed.

guys currently living my truest and best life on my bachelorette trip

I’m Not Missing is marketed as YA but if you care about that feeling of teenagehood, all the roiling and obsessing and awkwardness and feelings then likely you will enjoy this lovely and perfect for one-sitting, totally enveloping one-read consumption story. Fountain shapes a beautiful and emotional and thoughtful world which Miranda must navigate when her best friend suddenly disappears. This mystery certainly propels the story but it is by no means the story, rather Miranda’s navigation of her biracial identity, her single-parent home, even her own command of selfhood is the core of the narrative and it is highly readable, felt, and compelling. In this Sunday of summer month, Fountain’s novel was all the nostalgia and warmth and intrigue I was craving, and I couldn’t have met it or finished it with more sheer pleasure.

#GoingToTheMountain #LifeLessons // Ndaba Mandela // Hutchinson

Going to the mountain is an ancient Xhosa ritual, a literal declaration that ‘I am a man.’ Ndaba Mandela’s memoir is a powerful statement that internal and external maturity are very different things. As he tells the story of his extraordinary childhood - growing up with his grandfather, Nelson Mandela - he also tells the story of South Africa grappling with the post-apartheid state.

After a childhood of instability and poverty, Ndaba’s education and privileged position allowed him to reverse a pattern of addiction and social depression in his own life. Ndaba dreamed that an African cultural renaissance, Africa Rising, would tackle the internalised inferiority of generations of social, economic and political repression under apartheid.
Going to the Mountain is at its most interesting in its examination of masculinity. #NelsonMandela may be the father of modern #SouthAfrica but he wasn’t necessarily the perfect father. After the years he spent in incarceration, and the struggles his own son faced, Mandela Senior sought to be a positive role model for his grandson.

Going to the Mountain hints at the specific struggles that women faced in the fight against apartheid and it stresses the need to eradicate toxic masculinity for the benefit of women and the nation as a whole. However, placing positive masculine role models at the centre of the South African political solution risks masking the incredible sacrifices made by female political activists and their role in creating a new generation of engaged, educated South Africans. **FULL REVIEW IN BIO**

I had so much fun doing this "Book Tasting" with my team! The kids spent the rest of the year talking about it. Check it out: link in bio. #iteach #iteachtoo #teachersofinstagram #teachersofig #tpt #booktasting #readingoutsidethebox #teachersfollowteachers #teachergram #iteachfirst

@spindleandsparrow promised me poetic teenagehood when I read this, & I am about to begin and cannot wait

today my sister gets married and today two years ago I was called and Lo was already beyond all our limitations and a year ago I was running through her city, crying because she was there though I couldn’t squeeze her bony knees or hear the click of her fake nails on her phone screen but she was, time with all its folds, all the sweet and the must I live with this? layered and pressed and held together by its invisible force there I am, there you are, there we all must be, on this day overflowing with letting go’s I talked to Lo and I told her I haven’t managed to do that quite yet but I know, I know I have to, I know she’s gone but, I told her and the sun struggling through the smoke in the sky, I just want to say hi, I miss you, I always do, can you tell me in your own voice what it’s like in the after?

today this haunting & smart & sharp novel enters the world & what a better world it is to have this story, this writer in it & if you too have been dislocated by grief, cast into a liminal space, not quite one thing not quite another, if you too want to know, want to be told something beautiful is just out of reach, if you told find wonder in seeing, however dark, then what a good day this is for you, for me, for books 📖

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