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The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine
A Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year
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"Beautifully written by a young Palestinian growing up in the Gaza Strip, The Words of My Father is a deeply personal narrative imbued with a clarity that suprises at every turn" 
--Times Literary Supplement 

 “Bashir’s childhood in Gaza and his life under occupation meld in this retelling, and his charming earnestness shines through. This moving tribute to Bashir’s remarkable father is also a compelling argument for peace.”
--Library Journal 

“A fascinating look at growing up in extreme circumstances…A unique perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” 
--Booklist

"At one of the darkest times in the elusive effort to end the conflict in the Middle East ... a remarkable new memoir."
--Robin Wright, The New Yorker

“A work of profound spiritual beauty, one of the great memoirs to emerge from this terrible conflict. For Israelis like myself, reading Bashir’s story is a deeply wrenching experience. And yet, while I strongly disagree with some of his premises, I found myself feeling grateful to Bashir for his open heart and mind. The Words of My Father offers all of us hope that this seemingly intractable conflict can find a solution that is just to both sides.”
--Yossi Klein Halevi, author of the New York Times bestseller Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor

“To experience love and humanity on many levels, read this story. Beautifully told by a young man whose voice deserves to be heard — even if the world is not yet ready to listen.”
-- Diana Darke, author of My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Crisis

“In a year that has seen a relentless focus on life and death in the Gaza Strip, Yousef Bashir’s memoir is a moving reminder of the normality of Palestinian aspirations in what has been an abnormal situation for far too long. This book is a remarkable testimony to overcoming hatred and fear.”
-- Ian Black, author of Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017

The Words of my Father is a book about loss—the loss of land and dignity for Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories, the increasing loss of humanity among many of the occupiers, and the loss of the author’s beloved father who spent most of his life preaching peace, but tragically died in the midst of increasing polarization between Palestinians and Israelis. By making us feel the plight of the Palestinians from the inside, this poignant and beautifully written book should inspire us all to raise our voices for change.”
--Robert Greene, New York Times bestselling author of The Laws of Human Nature and The 48 Laws of Power

 

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