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Author Barghūthī, Murīd.

Title I saw Ramallah / Mourid Barghouti ; translated by Ahdaf Soueif ; with a foreword by Edward W. Said
Published London, [England] : Bloomsbury, 2004


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Description xi, 184 pages ; 20 cm
Summary Barred from his homeland after 1967's Six-Day War, the poet Mourid Barghouti spent thirty years in exile, shuttling among the world's cities, yet secure in none of them; separated from his family for years at a time; never certain whether he was a visitor, a refugee, a citizen, or a guest. As he returns home for the first time since the Israeli occupation, Barghouti crosses a wooden bridge over the Jordan River into Ramallah and is unable to recognize the city of his youth. Sifting through memories of the old Palestine as they come up against what he now encounters in this mere "idea of Palestine", he discovers what it means to be deprived not only of a homeland but of "the habitual place and status of a person." A tour de force of memory and reflection, lamentation and resilience, I saw Ramallah is a deeply humane book, essential to any balanced understanding of today's Middle East
Notes This translation originally published: Cairo; New York: American University in Cairo Press, 2000
Translated from the Arabic
Subject Barghūthī, Murīd -- Travel -- West Bank.
Barghūthī, Murīd -- Political and social views.
Barghouthi, Mourid -- Travel -- West Bank
Barghūthī, Murīd -- Exile.
Political crimes and offenses -- West Bank.
Terrorism -- Israel.
Wrecking -- Political aspects -- West Bank.
Middle East -- Description and travel.
Author Soueif, Ahdaf.
ISBN 0747569274 hardback
Other Titles Raʼaytu Rām Allāh. English