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We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I: A Palestinian Memoir

by Raja Shehadeh - £10.99  Profile Books Ltd (2023)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781788169981 | ISBN 10: 1788169980

A subtle psychological portrait of the author's relationship with his father during the twentieth-century battle for Palestinian human rights.
 
A FINALIST FOR THE US NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2023 FOR NONFICTION
 
'Profoundly personal as well as historically significant ... In his moral clarity and baring of the heart, Shehadeh recalls writers such as Ghassan Kanafani and Primo Levi' Hisham Matar, New York Times
 
Aziz Shehadeh was many things: lawyer, activist, and political detainee, he was also the father of bestselling author and activist Raja. In this new and searingly personal memoir, Raja Shehadeh unpicks the snags and complexities of their relationship.
 
A vocal and fearless opponent, Aziz resists under the British mandatory period, then under Jordan, and, finally, under Israel. As a young man, Raja fails to recognise his father's courage and, in turn, his father does not appreciate Raja's own efforts in campaigning for Palestinian human rights. When Aziz is murdered in 1985, it changes Raja irrevocably.
 
This is not only the story of the battle against the various oppressors of the Palestinians, but a moving portrait of a particular father and son relationship.

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