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We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I

A Palestinian Memoir

Raja Shehadeh


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Coup de coeur
Coup de coeur (Middle East), by Celia
Perhaps you are looking for something slightly different to read this summer. This memoir is pertinant, important, deeply moving and engrossing. It is not long so can be completed in one sitting, but it will stay with you long after that. I highly recommend Raja Shehadeh's work.
A FINALIST FOR THE US NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2023 FOR NONFICTION'Profoundly personal as well as historically significant ... In his moral clarity and baring of the heart, Shehadeh recalls writers such as Ghassan Kanafani and Primo Levi' Hisham Matar, New York TimesAziz Shehadeh was many things: lawyer, activist, and political detainee, he was also the father of bestselling author and activist Raja. In this new and searingly personal memoir, Raja Shehadeh unpicks the snags and complexities of their relationship. A vocal and fearless opponent, Aziz resists under the British mandatory period, then under Jordan, and, finally, under Israel. As a young man, Raja fails to recognise his father's courage and, in turn, his father does not appreciate Raja's own efforts in campaigning for Palestinian human rights. When Aziz is murdered in 1985, it changes Raja irrevocably. This is not only the story of the battle against the various oppressors of the Palestinians, but a moving portrait of a particular father and son relationship.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Binding: Paperback
Publication date: 03 Aug 2023
Dimensions: 128 x 198 x 11 mm
ISBN: 9781788169981