by Raba'i al-Madhoun - £8.99 Telegram Books (2013)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781846590917 | ISBN 10: 1846590914
Shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2010
Winner of the English Pen Award
In the economy class of a plane, the lives of two passengers intersect: Walid Dahman, a Palestinian writer, is returning to his family in Gaza for the first time in thirty-eight years, and Dana Ahova, an Israeli actress, is on her way back to Tel Aviv. As the night sky hurtles past, what each confides and conceals will expose the chasm between them in the land they both call home.
The Lady from Tel Aviv is both a meditation on the nature of fiction and an incisive exploration of the effects of occupation on a people and what it is to be a Palestinian. Al-Madhoun's precise, poetic use of language and sardonic humour bring home political realities and how people live them, on both sides of the checkpoints.
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