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Ashjaar Lil-Naas Al-Ghaa'Ibeen By Ahlam Bsharat

Ashjaar Lil-Naas Al-Ghaa'Ibeen by Ahlam Bsharat

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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.

Ashjaar Lil-Naas Al-Ghaa'Ibeen Summary

Ashjaar Lil-Naas Al-Ghaa'Ibeen by Ahlam Bsharat

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 Ahlam Bsharat

Ahlam Bsharat is a Palestinian writer who grew up in a village in Northern Palestine. She completed her Master's Degree in Arabic Literature at An-Najah National University in Nablus. Besides poetry, picture books, short stories, novels and memoirs, she has written a number of television and radio scripts. Her books have received many awards and recommendations. Ismee Alharakee Farasha (translated into English as Code Name:Butterfly) was included in the IBBY Honour List for 2012, a biennial selection of outstanding, recently published books from more than seventy countries. Ismee Alharakee Farasha and Ashjaar lil-Naas al-Ghaa'ibeen (translated into English as Trees for the Absentees) were both runners-up for the Etisalat Award For Arabic Children's Literature in 2013. Code Name: Butterfly was also shortlisted for the UKbased Palestine Book Awards in 2017. Ahlam has been active in numerous cultural forums, and her craft has taken her to Belgium, France and Spain, where she was artist in residence. She has also led many creative writing workshops for children and adults, including at the Emirates Literature Festival in Dubai.

Table of Contents

1. The Light, 2. The cat's got my tongue, 3. The real world and the imaginary world, 4. Bayrakdar, 5. The picture frame, 6. Where else can a tree grow? 7. A long dream

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Ashjaar Lil-Naas Al-Ghaa'Ibeen by Ahlam Bsharat
Neem Tree Press Limited
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