Trees For The Absentees (häftad)
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Antal sidor
Short-listed for Etisalat Award For Arabic Children's Literature 2013
Neem Tree Press Limited
Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp, Sue Copeland
Black & white illustrations
178 x 108 x 6 mm
86 g
Antal komponenter
492:B&W 4.25 x 7 in or 178 x 108 mm Perfect Bound on Creme w/Matte Lam

Trees For The Absentees

Häftad,  Arabiska, 2019-09-12
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Translated from Arabic, Trees for the Absentees is a relatable coming-of-age tale of young love, meddling relatives, and heart-to-heart connections. Philistia is an ordinary university student with an extraordinary life. She has no idea when her father will be released from prison, and works part-time washing womens bodies in the ancient Ottoman hammam in Nablus. A midwife and corpse washer in her time, Philistia can't help but reminisce about her late Grandma Zahia, who taught her the ritual ablutions and the secrets of life and death. In the enthralling darkness of the hamman in occupied Palestine, Philistia falls in love and embarks on a magical journey through her country's history, one of loss and centuries of oppression. As trees are uprooted around her, Philistia searches for a place of refuge, a place where she can plant a memory for the ones shes lost. Also available in an Arabic language paperback edition.
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