Ya bahiyyat al-masakin: Mornings in Jenin

Mornings in Jenin by Yasmina El Hilali Do you know, Mother, that Haj Salem was buried alive in his home? Does he tell you stories in heaven now? I wish I had had a chance to meet him. To see his toothless grin and touch his leathery skin. To beg him, as you did in your youth, for a story from our Palestine. He was over one hundred years old, Mother. To have lived so long, only to be crushed to death by a bulldozer. Is this what it means to be Palestinian? Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa has been on … Continue reading Ya bahiyyat al-masakin: Mornings in Jenin

The Power

The Power by Mojdeh Feili Naomi Alderman’s book The Power is very popular and features Margaret Atwood’s review on the cover, which describes it as “Electrifying”. This made it very promising but I always remain skeptical when a book is appreciated by the audience at large. However, Atwood’s opinion matters to me (I wrote my MA thesis on The Handmaid’s Tale) so I was excited. The influence of Atwood is very present in her work and it actually reminded me of The Handmaid’s Tale a lot. The way Alderman has played with gender relations resembles the way Atwood has done this as well but … Continue reading The Power

Exit West

Exit West by Mojdeh Feili I don’t judge a book by its cover, but I do form a preset opinion on whether I want to read it by reading the back cover. As always, I went into the American Book Centre in Amsterdam just to have a look because I had some time to kill. However, these kinds of ‘looks’ never end with walking out of the store and NOT buying anything. I came across Exit West and thought, hmm, let’s see. I read the back cover of this edition and thought: Ugh, a love story? Thanks, but no thanks! … Continue reading Exit West