Against the Loveless World
Author(s): Susan Abulhawa
Shortlisted for Palestine Book Award
Nahr has been confined to the Cube- nine square metres of glossy grey cinderblock, devoid of time, its patterns of light and dark nothing to do with day and night. Journalists visit her, but get nowhere; because Nahr is not going to share her story with them. The world outside calls Nahr a terrorist, and a whore; some might call her a revolutionary, or a hero. But the truth is, Nahr has always been many things, and had many names.
She was a girl who learned, early and painfully, that when you are a second class citizen love is a kind of desperation; she learned, above all else, to survive. She was a girl who went to Palestine in the wrong shoes, and without looking for it found what she had always lacked in the basement of a battered beauty parlour- purpose, politics, friends. She found a dark-eyed man called Bilal, who taught her to resist; who tried to save her when it was already too late.
Nahr sits in the Cube, and tells her story to Bilal. Bilal, who isn't there; Bilal, who may not even be alive, but who is her only reason to get out.
'A thrilling, defiant novel' FATIMA BHUTTO
'A masterpiece' MARC LAMONT HILL
'Wonderful ... Shines a ray of hope into some very dark places' MICHAEL PALIN
'A fearless work of imagination' AHDAF SOUEIF
- : 9781526618801
- : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- : Bloomsbury Circus
- : 0.383739
- : October 2020
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- : books
- : Susan Abulhawa
- : Paperback
- : English
- : 813.6
- : 256