Passage to the Plaza - Sahar Khalifeh
AUTHOR : Sahar Khalifeh TRANSLATED BY: Sawad Hussain
Vividly recounted through the eyes of its female protagonists in Palestine, Passage to the Plaza is a ground-breaking story that shatters the myth of a uniform gendered experience of conflict.
In Bab Al-Saha, a quarter of Nablus, Palestine, sits a house of ill-repute. In it lives Nuzha, a young woman ostracized from and shamed by her community. When the Intifada breaks out, Nuzha’s abode unexpectedly becomes a sanctuary for those in the quarter: Hussam, an injured resistance fighter; Samar, a university researcher exploring the impact of the Intifada on women’s lives; and Sitt Zakia, the pious midwife.
In the furnace of conflict at the heart of the 1987 Intifada, notions of freedom, love, respectability, nationhood, the rights of women and Palestinian identity—both among the reluctant residents of the house and the inhabitants of the quarter at large—will be melted and re-forged. Vividly recounted through the eyes of its female protagonists, Passage to the Plaza is a ground-breaking story that shatters the myth of a uniform gendered experience of conflict.
'No Palestinian writer has subjected Palestinian society to as radical a political and social critique as Khalifeh has done'
—Bashir Abu-Manneh, author of The Palestinian Novel: From 1948 to the Present
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