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Time of White Horses

(الملهاة الفلسطينية #2)

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This gripping, comi-tragic fictional-factual saga takes place in the environs of Jerusalem, from late Ottoman times to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. With the colorful strokes of his pen, Ibrahim Nasrallah paints a vivid picture of Palestinian villagers' preoccupations and aspirations-their ties to their land, to their animals, and to one another.

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Hardcover, First, 634 pages
Published January 2012 by Oxford University Press (first published 2007)
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Ahmed Mansoor Yes, I think there are 2 english editions.
Jeff AUC Hoopoe Press has an English translation. I just started reading it last night.

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Marieke
Wow. So...there is a genre we call creative non-fiction...non-fiction in a highly narrative form. Well, what about documentary fiction? Ibrahim Nasrallah has woven a novel out of actual events. Not just based on actual events, like many novels, but out of: he tells an epic story of one fictional Palestinian village, from the end of Ottoman Rule until 1948-ish when Zionism destroys the village and forces its inhabitants out. Throughout the novel Nasrallah includes italicized passages, which are t ...more
Susan Abulhawa
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wrote about this book in a longer piece: http://www.palestinechronicle.com/rea...

here are the relevant portions:

It’s safe to say that a book you can’t put down is a good one. But I’ve come across a novel I can’t recommend enough, even though it took me months to finish. TIME OF WHITE HORSES, by my friend, Ibrahim Nasrallah, was a fabulous read that I had to put down, repeatedly.

I read the first 300 pages of this translated work from the original Arabic in just a few days. Then the world change
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Aziza Aouhassi
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The main charachter is a young man in a small palestinian town in the late 19th century. The author relates through the life of his hero, the life of the whole village, its culture, customs, geography,.. and mainly an important step in the palestinian issue evolution : The displacement of native palestinians from their homes!
It's the first book I've read of the collection though it's not the first wrote.
I was first too suspicious to read all the almost 600 pages. As soon as I progressed, I was t
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Youmna Higagy
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A long exhausting and painful journey. History can be very scary, and through such a storyline it leaves a scar that can't be healed. And here lies the genius talent of the teller!
Alex Linschoten
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: palestine, ah, arabic, fiction
What a story! Think of 'Time of White Horses' as the intergenerational Palestinian trauma story to end all intergenerational Palestinian trauma stories. We read about the village of Hadiya through three generations: under the Ottomans, under the British mandate and at the time of the 1948 Nakba. Nasrallah artfully weaves in bits of oral history of inhabitants of the village, newspaper accounts and other contemporary recollections. And throughout, a great story that keeps rolling on and on. Highl ...more
Steve Middendorf
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How do you kill off people who never existed?
How do you destroy the orchards that never sustained them?
How do you destroy a town that never housed them?
How do you undo the records of births and deaths and marriages?

How do you un-write the history of Palestine?

You kill one person at a time.
You use bullets and land mines and bombs from airplanes
You beat them; you starve them, you humiliate them.
You see? They never existed.
Marcela Mo
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with it from the first chapter. Poignant, illustrative simply beautiful.
Shumokh
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by Ibrahim Nasrallah. This 509 pages novel needs from you time to finish it, it actually took me to get rid of my mobile for more than one day. Reading it is like going through a journey to Palestine before everything has started. It's a great book that shows what real men are, what real Palestinians are and what the land means to them. It shows how much they suffered to keep it while few helped them when every single person shouldv'e done that!.. I learned a lot from that gre ...more
Dua' Abulaban
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
one of the best books i've ever read..
Mariam Itani
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ibrahim Nasrallah. That is what I think. Enough said is that you read his 511 pages in less than one day, continuously!.
Elena
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, this book made my day ♥♥
Taj Saleem
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AMAZING!
Rebecca
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m so pleased this book was translated, and masterfully so, by Hoopoe Fiction.

The characters and stories will never leave me. Khalid the martyr, Hamama, and more. I’ve read quite a bit about Palestine, but the accounts of the evil acts by the British was largely new to me.

Arabic literature is about the art of storytelling. Time is taken. Prose is crafted. The author is an artist engaging in an art. Modern English literature is about getting a story told, usually in under 250 pages. Nasrallah i
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Haneen Najeh
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
We can consider this book as a first part of the Palestinian story
The second part we can find it in Atantorya for Rawda Ashor

Both novels are magnificent they just catch your heart and your mind despite of their length

I couldn’t stop reading (listening to) it one of my favorite although the events were exhausting
Maud (reading the world challenge)
[#134 Jordan] This book had pretty good reviews so I started it very confident. It turned out more challenging than expected with a narration that was oddly constructed and sometimes made it hard to go on. It was hard to connect everything from the beginning to the end, some events were just left pending.
Narjes
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goddamnit this novel is so damn exhausting, excruciating and incredible. I could finish it in 2 days but I had to take breaks because it's devastating to see so clearly and transparently how painful a person life can be. 💔
Frank Ashe
A magnificent story of the stealing of the Palestinian land and the betrayal of its people.

This book deserves a wider distribution.
Bethany
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amazing story but SOOO SAD!
Shady Sirhan
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great book which describes the history of Palestine before 1948.
Slymandra
[Around the World challenge: Jordan] This was a very interesting read, although the narration and construction of the story can be challenging at times.
Reem
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm intentionally writing this in English, so hopefully not only Arabs would visualize the impact of such a novel, the impact of the reality and the catastrophe this novel conveys.
For me, a Palestinian Arab, who is the second generation of the people Zaman Al-Khuyoul Albaydaa' (the novel) tells their story, reading the book was not simple by any means.
Some of the readers might wonder why am I making such a fuss out of a novel, since millions had been written over the course of time, well, let
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DubaiReader
Sep 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kutub-bk-grp, 2013
The Palestinian heritage.

This impressive work tells the fascinating story of the life of a village from the turn of the twentieth century until the incoming Jews of 1948 absorb the land and the villagers become refugees. Although fiction, the narrative is based on fact, interspersed with italicised quotes from people who survived those turbulent times. It is also an interesting mix of narrative and mythology.

We mainly follow the fortunes of a family living in the village of Hadiya (meaning Peace
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Hasanah
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Probably the longest literature I have ever read since Orhan Pamuk. Despite the reading period that streches over than one year (I began in June 2016 and stopped for quite some time), the characters in the previous chapters remain fresh and sorrowful. Ibraham Nasrallah did a great job illustrating the gripping tragedy of the fall of Palestine from late Ottoman times to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.

"If I was an Arab leader I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural
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Dana Krystle
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a beautiful story , Khalid is a hero, and the writer did a great job doing his research and referring to it at the end, the way of writing very small chapters with naming all of them felt like bite size stories which took a while to get used to, but once you get the hand of it, you can't stop reading, I was surprised to know how cheap the book was sold, it was a beautiful story, I cried and laughed ...mostly cried knowing that these things happened during the Palestinian occupation in the e ...more
Ibrahim Tag El Din
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favourite
I can not imagine a novel more powerful than this one
I do recommend to be read
I can not describe what I am feeling right now after finishing it
characters are imaginary
the story is a dramatic historical Palestinian story
it gives you a new perspective for the long living crisis of Palestinians
I couldn't hold my tears at the end
"i don't fight to win, but only to take my right"
that's what "el hag Khalid" said
that was and still the main concept of fighting
Hiba Sa'id
May 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Novel tells the story of a Palestinian villages from 1930s to 1948 when they were forced to immigrate from theit village due to israel's agression . A sad and heart breaking story. This book is a real history
Leimo Vida
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is simply describing everything that we lost in our culture , the manners , the honesty ,the style of life and even the language we should use .. this book is not a must read it is also a must Have
Ayman Zaaqoq
it always starts with ignorance and ends with betrayal
this novel is shocking
Dee
Jun 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hate reviews.. only thing i can say is: GO READ THIS BOOK
Amaal Ibrahim
Oct 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-in2011
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Ibrahim Nasrallah is a Palestinian poet, novelist, professor, painter and photographer.
He was born in the Wihdat Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan.
He studied in UNRWA schools in the camp and got his teaching degree from a training college in the camp. He taught in Saudi Arabia for 2 years and worked as a journalist between 1978 and 1996. Nasrallah then returned to Jordan and worked at Dostur, Afa
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