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Despite their fragmented lives, khamis’s Palestinian characters find themselves “united by tradition, history, language, heritage; divided by occupation.” Piecing together and understanding her family history, Mais realizes “she belonged here, in Haifa.” khamis offers no easy answers but her focus on the shared humanity of Christians, Jews and Muslims in the region is compelling. - Lucy Popescu, The Independent.

A multilayered story that shows how oppression influences lives, identities and how it manipulates history. - Sumayyia Naseem.

khulud gives us a chance to live beyond ourselves, to say exiled words so our very lips form new possibilities … A most important work, one that will change every reader. - Joan Nestle, author of A Restricted Country.

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A beautiful story of intertwined cultures and relationships with the rhythm of hope, mixed with the creative drive for life, justice, meaning and love. - Alex Nissen, feminist peace activist.

khulud khamis unpacks the multiple layers of culture, religion, sexuality, politics, feminism and nationalism in the hope of gathering the fragmented pieces of the past and reclaiming the lost contiguity of being Palestinian. - Samah Sabawi, Palestinian playwright and commentator.

Haifa Fragments is a book of hope, delusion, and pain; it is a most welcome addition to Palestinian literature, especially as it sheds light on subjects often considered taboo. It must be read by anyone who wants to understand the social and cultural mechanism of a fragmented society that lives under several layers of oppression, both old and new. - Mahmoud Muna, This Week in Palestine.

Jewellery designer, Maisoon, wants an ordinary extraordinary life, which isn’t easy for a tradition-defying, activist, Palestinian citizen of Israel, who refuses to be crushed by the feeling that she is an unwelcome guest in the land of her ancestors. She volunteers for Machsom Watch, a movement of peace activists who conduct daily observations of IDF (Israel Defense Forces) checkpoints. Frustrated by the apathy of her boyfriend Ziyad and her father Majid - who want her to get on with her life and forget those in the Occupied Territories - she lashes out, only to discover her father isn’t the man she thought he was.

Raised a Christian, in a relationship was a Muslim man and enamored with a Palestinian woman from the Occupied Territories, Maisoon must decide her own path.

About the Author:

khulud khamis is a Palestinian feminist writer, born to a Slovak mother and a Palestinian father. She holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Haifa and works in the field of social change organizations. She is a member of the feminist organization Isha L’Isha - Haifa Feminist Center. She lives in Haifa with her daughter.

This is her first novel.

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ISBN-13: 978-1-78026-259-8
Dimensions: 210mm x 148mm
Format: Paperback
Page extent: 190 pages
Publication date: July 2015

Date added: January 27, 2015

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