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Oct 07, 2014
| ISBN 9780345809056
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Oct 07, 2014 | ISBN 9780345809056
For political readers and anyone invested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Marcello Di Cintio’s Song of the Caged Bird is a refreshing look at Palestinian resistance–through literature and the power of books. When Marcello Di Cintio began teaching at the Palestine Writing Workshop in Ramallah, he avoided making reference to the occupation in his assignments at first–to see if his students addressed it on their own–and he soon learned that it touches all aspects of Palestinian life. Curious how Palestinian literature could operate with its people so tied to a single narrative, Di Cintio began a journey through the Palestinian world of books: from the monument to the poet Mahmoud Darwish to the volumes in the Nablus Prisoners’ library; from one of the West Bank’s most successful bookshops to a century-old library in Jerusalem run by a family with a lineage in that city many centuries older. What he found is a world of identity and resistance that is considerably more complex–and potentially more hopeful–than what we see splashed across our screens.
MARCELLO DI CINTIO is the author of three books of travelogue including Poets and Pahelvans: A Journey Into the Heart of Iran and Walls: Travels Along the Barricades, which won the 2012 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and the… More about Marcello di Cintio
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