Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Profile Books, 2012
Award-winning author Raja Shehadeh has kept a diary since the 1967 Israeli invasion: Occupation Diaries chronicles the last two eventful years before the Palestinian bid for UN statehood in September 2011. The result is a fierce and lyrical portrait of a life lived under siege, shown through a delicate balance of memory and everyday reality. Shehadeh addresses the big questions: What effect will the Arab Spring have on the future of Palestine? When does co-operation become collaboration? Are any of life’s pleasures untouched by politics? As he does so, he tells a story of daily frustrations, ignominies and isolation – and of loyalty, pride and moments of profound hope in adversity.