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Qissat: Short Stories by Palestinian Women

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These fascinating and diverse stories reflect the everyday concerns of Palestinians living under occupation. Writers who were children during the first intifada appear alongside those who remember the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war.

In this volume, Palestinian women offer compassionate, often critical, insight into their society in times of hardship and turmoil, yet loo
Paperback, 188 pages
Published September 2006 by Telegram Books
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Geoffrey Fox
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it
These twelve stories are diverse in every way but one: they are all by women whose lives have been distorted by the loss of a homeland they can call their own, whether their own remembered loss or that of their elders. Some of the authors are exiles too young to have known Palestine and who write in English, for others expulsion is a compulsive, constant memory, while some endure and write from within the occupied territories and in its language. They are all worth reading, to gain an understand ...more
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Los libros de cuentos de diferentes autoras son difíciles de clasificar porque viene de todo (bueno y malo). En este caso, la mayoría están bien. Son cuentos bastante directos y cotidianos. Relatando la vida del día a día incluso cuando ese cotidiano tiene eventos extraordinarios (como el inicio de una guerra o todo el drama de los controles de Israel en Palestina).

Hay unos tres cuentos muy buenos.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Qissat: Short Stories by Palestinian Women Edited by Jo Glanville

I read this for Book 7. A book set in a country that fascinates you for the Popsugar Reading challenge

These short stories are amazing. They offer slices of life in Palestine as experienced and then told by women. Many of them are not political in any overt way – they deal with childhood memories of being mischievous, of buying shoes and not buying into societies ideas of what feminine is, of being a child in a beautiful country.

Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm also reading this for the 'Around the World' book club on Facebook. This book is a collection of stories by Palestinian women. Many are from Israel, West Bank, or Jordan. The stories vary quite a bit, most can be considered 'slice of life' stories.
If you are not from the Middle East, or are not familiar with Middle Eastern culture, it helps a lot to take the time to read the introduction. There is a lot of explanation there that will help you understand what others from that culture might k
Kayla Reynolds
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Some of these stories were very nice informative and thought provoking. Others I just did not get or were so short that it seemed like nothing happened. There were a couple stories in here that I would read again though - The tables outlived Amin, A single metre, and My shoe size were very well done and I recommend this book for those stories alone.
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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It's a fabulous collection of short stories written by women in Palestine! These are various stories on courage, love, despair but more importantly dealing with personal struggles and standing up for yourself in the toughest of situations! It makes you feel grateful for the life you are living today! A must read of you are a fan of short stories and like learning about different cultures.
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
All were stories written by women. The stories show the trauma that residents must go through under the settlers or how people have had to migrate to make something of their lives. Heart rending tales of the human condition under trying circumstances. Its a must read.
Iris P
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Poignant. Some of the stories really transport you. So many shared experiences across vastly differing realities.
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great collection of stories - a great variety and some common themes running through the stories.
Some of the stories really stick with you.
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