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Among the Almond Trees - A Palestinian Memoir

English · Hardback

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A poetically written and bitterly sweet memoir about nature, death, life in Palestine, and the universal concept of home. Palestinian writer Hussein Barghouthi was in his late forties when he was diagnosed with lymphoma. He had feared it was HIV, so when the cancer diagnosis was confirmed, he left the hospital feeling a bitter joy because his wife and son would be spared. The bittersweetness of this reaction characterizes the alternating moods of narration and reflection that distinguish this meditative memoir, Among the Almond Trees.   Barghouthi‿s way of dealing with finality is to return to memories of childhood in the village of his birth in central Palestine, where the house in which he grew up is surrounded by almond and fig orchards. He takes many healing walks in the moonlit shadows of the trees, where he observes curious foxes, dancing gazelles, a badger with an unearthly cry, a weasel, and a wild boar with its young‿a return not only to the house but to nature itself. The author decides to build a house where he would live with his wife and son, in whom he sees a renewal of life. The realization of his impending death also urges him to vocalize this experience, and he relates the progress of the disease at infrequent intervals. And, ultimately, he details the imaginative possibility of a return to life‿to the earth, where he would be buried among the almond trees.

About the author

Hussein Barghouthi (1954-2002) was a Palestinian poet, writer, essayist, critic, lyricist, playwright, and philosopher. Born in Palestine, he earned his MA and PhD in the US before going on to teach at Birzeit University and Al-Quds University. His best-known work, The Blue Light, is forthcoming in English translation in 2022 from Seagull Books.

Product details

Authors Hussein Barghouthi
Assisted by Ibrahim Muhawi (Translation)
Publisher Seagull Books London Ltd
Languages English
Product format Hardback
Released 31.05.2022
EAN 9780857428967
ISBN 978-0-85742-896-7
No. of pages 154
Dimensions 162 mm x 236 mm x 20 mm
Weight 330 g
Series The Arab List
Subjects Fiction > Narrative literature > Letters, diaries
Non-fiction book > Politics, society, business > Biographies, autobiographies

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