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FRACTURED DESTINIES BY. Rabai al-Madhoun TRANS. Paul Starkey

FRACTURED DESTINIES BY. Rabai al-Madhoun TRANS. Paul Starkey

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  • March 27th 2018
  • £11.99
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9789774168628

Palestinian–Armenian Ivana eloped with a British doctor in the 1940s, in the midst of the Nakba, and emigrated to England. Over half a century later, her daughter Julie has been tasked with Ivana’s dying wish: to take her ashes back to their old home in Acre. She and her husband Walid leave London and embark on a journey to Palestine.

Written in four parts, each as a concerto movement, Rabai al-Madhoun’s pioneering new novel explores Palestinian exile, with all its complex loyalties and identities. Broad in scope and sweeping in its history, it lays bare the tragedy of everyday Palestinian life.


"[Fractured Destinies] invents a new fictional form . . . [and] can be considered the complete Palestinian novel."
—Amina Thiban, chair of the panel of judges for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2016

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