Palestinian Walks by Raja Shehadeh audiobook

Palestinian Walks: Forays into a Vanishing Landscape

By Raja Shehadeh
Read by Fajer Al-Kaisi

Blackstone Publishing 9781606861752

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Runtime: 6.25 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Raja Shehadeh is a passionate hill walker. He enjoys nothing more than heading out into the countryside that surrounds his home. But in recent years, his hikes have become less than bucolic, and sometimes downright dangerous. That is because his home is Ramallah, on the Palestinian West Bank, and the landscape he traverses is now the site of a tense standoff between his fellow Palestinians and settlers newly arrived from Israel.

In this original and evocative book, we accompany Raja on six walks taken between 1978 and 2006. The earlier forays are peaceful affairs, allowing our guide to meditate at length on the character of his native land, a terrain of olive trees on terraced hillsides, luxuriant valleys carved by sacred springs, carpets of wild iris and hyacinth, and ancient monasteries built more than a thousand years ago. Shehadeh’s love for this magical place saturates his renderings of its history and topography. But latterly, as seemingly endless concrete is poured to build settlements and their surrounding walls, he finds the old trails are now impassable and the countryside he once traversed freely has become contested ground. He is harassed by Israeli border patrols, watches in terror as a young hiking companion picks up an unexploded missile, and even, on one occasion when accompanied by his wife, comes under prolonged gunfire.

Amid the many and varied tragedies of the Middle East, the loss of a simple pleasure such as the ability to roam the countryside at will may seem a minor matter. But in Palestinian Walks, Raja Shehadeh’s elegy for his lost footpaths becomes a heartbreaking metaphor for the deprivations of an entire people estranged from their land.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This is a beautiful book, and a sad one. It describes the unique Palestinian landscape, one that looked like a scene from the Bible — and describes what has been done to it by aggressive Israeli settlement and American failure.” Anthony Lewis, Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times journalist
“A thoughtful meditation on Palestine, the land and the peoples who claim it.” Mahmood Mamdani, author of Define and Rule
“This is a book that is hard to put down because of the profound natural beauty that Shehadeh describes, and his manifest passion for his homeland.” Rashid Khalidi, author of The Iron Cage
“Raja Shehadeh’s Palestinian Walks provides a rare historical insight into the tragic changes taking place in Palestine.” Jimmy Carter

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Author Bio: Raja Shehadeh

Author Bio: Raja Shehadeh

Raja Shehadeh is a writer, lawyer, and the founder of the pioneering Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq, an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists. He is the author of several books, including Strangers in the House; Occupation Diaries; Language of War, Language of Peace; the 2008 Orwell Prize–winning Palestinian Walks; and Where the Line Is Drawn (The New Press). He has written for the New York Times, the New Yorker, Granta, and other publications.

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Available Formats : Retail CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 6.25
Audience: Adult
Language: English