Code Name: Butterfly (häftad)
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Antal sidor
Winner of International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honour List 2012; Short-listed for Palestine Book Awards 2017; Short-listed for Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's Literature 2013
Neem Tree Press Limited
Nancy Roberts
Abbas, Mariam (cover design)/Abbas, Ghalia (design)
Black & white illustrations
198 x 129 x 9 mm
114 g
Antal komponenter
771:B&W 5.06 x 7.81 in or 198 x 129 mm Perfect Bound on Creme w/Matte Lam

Code Name: Butterfly

My Nom de Guerre is Butterfly

Häftad,  Arabiska, 2016-05-27
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Translated from Arabic, Code Name: Butterfly is a captivating YA novel that transcends language to deliver a tale of love, loyalty, and coming of age in the midst of upheaval. Life in occupied Palestine isn't easy. Butterfly is a spirited teenager grappling with the complexities of growing up. Tinged with irony and fueled by unwavering idealism, she navigates a maze of adult duplicities, challenging friendships, and volatile sibling relationships. Butterfly confronts some of life's most profound questions: Are the whispers of her father's potential alliance with the occupiers true? And will Nizar ever return her feelings of affection? Thrust into a whirlwind of emotions and doubts, Butterfly learns to face the storms of young adulthood where 'honour' becomes a word charged with peril and meaning. Also available in an Arabic language paperback edition titled Ismee Alharakee Farasha.
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'We look out through the eyes of a 14 or 15-year-old girl who doesn't know what to think about her eyebrows, much less the two-state solution. We, like her, must start over with new vocabulary. Indeed, if Butterfly has a superpower, it's her mastery of the power of questions. ... the book's questions strip not just Butterfly of certainty but also the reader, making it a valuable read for a teen or adult.' -- Marcia Lynx Qualey 'A well-written and thoughtful attempt to tease out the complex inner life of a Palestinian girl as she interacts with her family and friends ... Highly recommended not just for teenagers and young adults but for readers of all ages.' -- US High School teacher '... powerful short novel ... beautiful, descriptive prose ... searingly honest and brave portrayal of the harsh realities of life living under occupation seen through the eyes of the young protagonist who is trying hard to make sense of it all.' 'The best Arab young adult novel, hands down. And like all the best literary characters, our heroine is likeable but also complex and flawed.' -- Researcher in Children's Fiction, Glasgow University; former Anna Lindh Foundation employee '... the personal squabbles and betrayals at the heart of this novel make for a fascinating and enlightening read.' '... her observations of life under occupation are often both astute and amusing, and the butterfly motif employed throughout demonstrates perfectly the journey of a teenager moving towards adulthood.' Bsharat is a Palestinian writer, and in Code Name: Butterfly she conjures up a teenage girl living under the Israeli occupation. In some ways 'Butterfly' (not her real name) is just like any other teenager, complex and dramatic, with many of the same preoccupations (friendship, rivalry, family tensions, impossible dreams), but the harsh political and social conditions in which she lives are quite unlike anything most of the book's readers will recognize. Enlightening, funny and affecting, Code Name: Butterfly is a brief story that packs quite a punch. 'Like many adolescents, she feels unable to talk to her parents, her siblings or friends, and so stores her questions and dreams in an imaginary treasure chest, which she declares almost full to bursting point. Herein lies the sadness: her questions are neither asked nor answered and her dreams are never shared, but by the end of the novel she realizes that grown-ups do not have all the answers and maybe more importantly, that they themselves have many unanswered questions of their own ... her observations of life under... occupation are often both astute and amusing, and the butterfly motif employed throughout demonstrates perfectly the journey of a teenager moving towards adulthood, growing in strength and resilience, turning metaphorically from an ugly caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly.' Code Name: Butterfly contains five vignettes that span a crucial year in its protagonist's life, as she turns from a girl to a woman, falls in love for the first time, and has her heart broken-more than once. Her personal story is inseparable from the story of her village, where martyrdom is a fact of life and can happen from a car accident as easily as from an Israeli bullet ... Code Name: Butterfly is one of the few YA novels available in English that presents life under occupation from the perspective of a Palestinian writer. The unusual style, more summary than scene, works because Bsharat draws readers into the lives of her protagonist, her family, and her friends, revealing the contradictions and conflicts of living under occupation. As Butterfly's beloved Baba points out, the villagers are often their own worst enemies, and the personal squabbles and betrayals at the heart of this novel make for a fascinating and enlightening read. A useful glossary defines Arabic words used in the text and summarizes t

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Ahlam Bsharat grew up in Tammun in Palestine and now lives in Ramallah. Following a master's degree in Arabic, she worked as a teacher for several years. An award-winning author of poetry, picture books, short stories, novels, memoirs, and TV and radio scripts, she also works for the Ministry of Culture in Ramallah. Her literary craft has taken her to Belgium and France, where she was artist in residence. Her book, Code Name: Butterfly, was shortlisted for the 2017 Palestine Book Award. Nancy Roberts is a multi-award-winning freelance Arabic-to-English translator and editor. In addition to novels, she enjoys translating materials on political, economic and environmental issues, human rights, international development, Islamic thought and movements, and interreligious dialogue. Nancy lived across the Middle East for twenty-five years in Lebanon, Kuwait and Jordan, and is now based in the Chicago suburbs.


(1) the giggles 1

(2) the story of the eyebrows 21

(3) code name: butterfly 43

(4) am i really that naive? 61

(5) as light as a butterfly 79

glossary of terms 93