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In April members of our Readers Club received
I saw Ramallah
by Murid el-Barghouti
Winner of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature. 
The first narrative work of the well-known Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti is an autobiographical memoir about the ironies of homecoming. The bridge that Barghouti crosses as a young man leaving his country in 1966 to pursue university studies in Cairo is the same bridge that he uses to cross back in 1996 after thirty long years in the Diaspora.
   I Saw Ramallah is about home and homelessness. The harrowing experience of a Palestinian, denied the most elementary human rights in his occupied country and in exile alike, is transformed into a humanist work. Palestine has been appropriated, dispossessed, renamed, changed beyond recognition by the usurpers, yet from the heap of broken images and shattered homes, Barghouti repossesses his homeland.


The book is available in English and in Arabic to non-members.

I saw Ramallah   In Arabic 
Winner of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature. 

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I saw Ramallah  in English 
Translated by Ahdaf Soueif and Edward W. Said
Hardcover - February 2001
Winner of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature. 

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Further reading

The Author's homepage       in Arabic
A Review of this book by Fathi Amer   in Arabic
A Review of this book by Hugh Galford   in English
Life and Alienation in Barghouti's I saw Ramallah  in Arabic
review by Jihan Abdelaziz

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