I Saw Ramallah
By (author) Mourid Barghouti
Translated by Ahdaf Soueif
Introduction by Edward W. Said
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I Saw Ramallah by Mourid Barghouti
Book DescriptionIn 1966, the Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti, then twenty-two, left his country to return to university in Cairo. A year later came the Six Day War and Barghouti, like many Palestinians living abroad, was denied entry into his homeland. Thirty years later, he was finally allowed to visit Ramallah, the city he had grown up in. A rickety wooden bridge over a dried-up river connects the West Bank to Jordan. It is the very same bridge Barghouti had crossed little knowing that he would not be able to return. I Saw Ramallah, his extraordinarily beautiful account of homecoming, begins at this crossing, filled with its ironies and heartaches. In half bemusement, half joy, Barghouti journeys through Ramallah, keenly aware that the city he had left barely resembles the present-day city scarred by the Occupation - and he discovers in this displacement, that the events of 1967 have made him permanently homeless.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780747574705
(198mm x 129mm x mm)
Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 16-May-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Mourid Barghouti
I Was Born There, I Was Born Here, Paperback (November 2012)
In his incisive, moving and revelatory account of returning to Ramallah to introduce his 23-year-old son born in exile in Cairo to his Palestinian family, Mourid Barghouti has matched the achievement of his first memoir, I Saw Ramallah.
Midnight and Other Poems, Paperback (November 2008)» View all books by Mourid Barghouti
A collection of poems of Mourid Barghouti who spent many years in exile.
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Author Biography - Mourid Barghouti
Mourid Barghouti was born in 1944 near Ramallah. He has published thirteen books of poetry in Arabic including a Collected Works (1997) and was awarded the Palestine Award for Poetry in 2000. Mourid Barghouti lives in Cairo with his wife, the novelist Radwa Ashour. His first collection of poems, 'Midnight' will be published by Arc in October 2008. About the translator Ahdaf Soueif is the acclaimed author of four books, including the international bestseller and Booker Prize-shortlisted The Map of Love .
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