A Rift in Time: Travels with My Ottoman Uncle
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Profile Books (August 2010)
Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.2 x 2.2 cm
Raja Shehadeh is the most celebrated Palestinian writer working today. To his surprise, when researching his family history, he discovered a great uncle who had also been a writer entangled with the authorities, and who, like Raja, had dedicated his life to the freedom of the Palestinian people. Najib was a journalist and romantic living in Palestine, then part of the Ottoman Empire. When he voiced his opposition to Ottoman participation in the First World War, a death sentence was put on his head. So he fled, living on the run and off the land for nearly three years.