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"رأيت رام الله" كتاب فاز بجائزة نجيب محفوظ للإبداع الأدبي (1997) هل هي رام الله سرّ الإبداع المحقق!! أم أنها الثلاثون عاماً من الغربة أشعلت في القلب الحنين والاشتياق إلى ساكني رام الله!! أم أنه الوطن المحرم المنتظر على مشارف جسر العبور... جسر العودة ذاك الذي سكن في ذاكرة مريد البرغوثي بصرير خشبة، وبضيق مساحته وقصر طوله. هو ذاك الجسر القصير مشت عبره الذاكرة إلى ذاك الأفق ال ...more
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Published 2003 by المركز الثقافي العربي (first published 1997)
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Amal Bedhyefi
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I've read this book based on the recommendation of a fellow booklover ( Thank you Habiba ) & it was enjoyable .
Mourid barghouti , in رأيت رام الله , dwells on the humanitarian , emotional and personal side of the ongoing palestinian tragedy .
After 30 years of exile , he finally returns to his home town ,Ramallah, that had changed beyond recognition.
I teared up several times while reading this intensely autobiographical novel for it made me feel , even for a little while , what's really like to
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VivaPalestina
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I had wished to be able to review the book impartially, to review it as others would read it, but I couldn't. Written by a poet, translated by an artist, was it any wonder that I wished I could quote the whole book were it in my own hands?

'Displacement is like death'

A more painful story I haven't read, one that resounded strongly within and made me shed scorching hot bitter tears for what I had lost through no fault of mine. A sharp sense of acute hurt, betrayal by forefathers who walked away fr
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Edita
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Life has taught me that we have to love people in the way that they want us to love them. I said to them, as soon as I could say anything after the death of their father: " Think of me as a dictionary in your house that you pick up when you need it."
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..the one who returns comes back with burdens on his shoulders that a sensitive person can see as he sees a porter bent double in the fog of the port.

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It is always the same problem:the problem of stiching two times together. It cannot be done. Time
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Haneen Najeh
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I promised one of my colleague to give him the book after I finish reading it but when I finished it I couldn't do so therefore I bought him a copy of "Ra'aito Ramallah"

It's one of the best books that I've ever read. I lived with each sentence and with every page in it. I would never forget my feelings when I reached the last page; I felt sorry and wished that the author haven't stopped writing. Perhaps this feeling came out because I am a Palestinian girl and that I lived some of the situation
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Sleepless Dreamer
The other day, a friend from class asked me what I'm reading. Knowing that she's very right wing, I told her about this book and said that I will read every perspective about the conflict. We had a nice conversation about pluralism and such. She was claiming that pluralism leads to a loss of your own narrative while I very much want to believe that a person can contain an understanding of complex and contrasting views.

Anyway, this book tells us about his return to his childhood home thirty year
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Evie Braithwaite
Reread for my essay on representation and exile. Just as, if not more, poignant the second time round.

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A poignant and poetic story of exile and return by established poet Mourid Barghouti and beautifully translated by Ahdaf Soueif.

My knowledge of the Palestinian tragedy is limited but reading about Barghouti’s return to his home town Ramallah, in Israeli-occupied Palestine, after 30 years of exile moved me in a way I never anticipated. His town has change
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Francisco
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mourid Barghouti, now an established poet, returns to his hometown in Israeli-occupied Palestine after thirty years of exile. Here are some of the things I learned from this book: That loss is not abstract, it is concrete. The fig tree in the courtyard that is no longer there. The olive oil to dip your morning bread that now comes from a store. The school house wall plastered with political slogans. The dead brother. The friend that no longer speaks to you. The lost love. These absences are real ...more
Hagar
Dec 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
How many times did I read that autobiographical novel?! and how many times will i keep reading it?! I dunno..I'll just go on! again..it tops my ETERNAL FAVOURITES! I do recommend it for everyone! How Mourid beautifully takes us in his journey towards his hometown , Ramallah! You can't help but identify with him..see the details he beautifully depicts in his "camera-like" language that takes shots of each and every detail! His language is definitely poetic, vivid! His words have colour, smell, an ...more
Elizabeth
Aug 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you read this book with In the Land of Israel you will gain a much better and balanced understanding of the conflict in the Middle East. This book gives you the story from a Palestinian's perspective and it is eye-opening. For those who always felt partial to the Jewish cause, you may find you question those beliefs, or how strongly you held them, after reading this book.
Nada
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two lessons the "I Saw Ramallah" experience taught me...
1-If you have a great book in your hands, read everyday, don't put it down for a day or two because you're busy; otherwise you'll be missing out on most of the beauty in it.
2-"Poet" isn't a profession, nor is it a title. If you're a poet, you're a poet and it just shows...

From the very first page of the book, I could strongly sense Mourid's poetry in every word (even though I made the horrible mistake of reading the translated version). I c
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Holly S.
Oct 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poignant & poetic story of exile & return, beatifully translated. A must-read for anyone who appreciates lovely prose or is interested in the Palestinian perspective. The tragic part of this story is that it is not the exception; it is the common Palestinian experience. ...more
farida
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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review upon neen’s request!

starting this, i had no idea this would be one of my favorites of the year. i quite disliked the way it started actually, felt like it was tedious,, but soon enough I couldn’t stop. finished this in one sitting and had to be literally pulled away for dinner. one sentence made my heart full and the next made it break. i just.. fuck. this is a perfect depiction of what it feels like to come back after being gone. all the memories relived, vividly so. i just adore everyth
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Dalia Mahmoud
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw Ramallah is an exceptional book that made me see the Palestinian cause from another perspective .
from the perspective of Palestinian himself the one who lives in the homeland and the one who live in the exile and not permitted to come back .

IT MADE ME Think a lot of things , it also discussed a lot of different issues within short phrases that are emotionally rich .

i'll mention quotes from it that stuck in my mind :)
*THE long occupation that created Israel generations born in Israel and n
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Reem
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I often think of books as gifts, and this novel is the most precious one of all. I am grateful to Mourid Barghouti who has allowed me to see my Palestine in a whole different light, my parents and grandparents' Palestine, the one we read about in history books but never had the opportunity to experience because by the time we'd grown up walls surrounded us and the colors in the country had been muted.
In one passage, Barghouti describes how the world knows Jerusalem only as the "Holy City" and t
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Alexandra
Aug 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Contemplative and elegiac meditations on boundaries, memory, landscape, modernity inspired by Barghouti's return to Ramallah after 30 years of exile. His story is filled with both aesthetic and mundane revelations about daily life in the Palestinian occupied territories: Barghouti lays bare in deeply felt language the inseparability of the personal and the political.

(edited because I can't spell.)
Ming
Jul 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an absolutely beautiful book. Poetic, of course. And also, vulnerable and intimate. His self-awareness of the pain in returning to Palestine after 30 years of exile is profound and expressed in a very accessible way. This very personal story lends insight into a historical event that reverberates today.
Andy Perdue
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mideast
Mourid Barghouti's "I Saw Ramallah" is a remarkable book. The displaced Palestinian relates his return to Ramallah and Deir Ghassana in the mid-1990s, 30 years after the Six Day War. While one might expect Barghouti to rejoice in his return to the city he hadn't seen in three decades, in fact it was a mournful experience because of what he'd lost, what he'd missed through those years. In fact, the phrase, "You can't go home again," perhaps has never been more aptly applied than by Barghouti in " ...more
Hiba Essa
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, Thank you Dubai Reader for lending me the book. I will definitely buy one to have it permanently in my shelf :)

I read this book in 3 days and I could have finished it sooner except I slowed down wanting to re read sentences and paragraphs which continued to give me the chills.

The writing is just too beautiful and touching, it would be inhuman to not feel his pain regardless of which side you are in.
Personally, it made me look at my own country, family, loved ones and even the trees at
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William Guerrant
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author's reflection on his return to his hometown after many years in exile is a helpful and informative lesson in the complexity of contemporary Palestinian life. The writing is less lyrical than I had expected, perhaps because this is a translation, and his frequent name-dropping is distracting, and of no value to readers who will not recognize the names or their significance, if any. The glossary is beneficial. Expanding it would make it even more so.
Atiqah Ghazali
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"Did I paint for strangers an ideal picture of Palestine because I had lost it?"

When I first saw this book, it was the only one on the shelf. When I looked closely at the cover, it was stated 'With a Foreword by Edward W. Said.' Without flipping through, this book became my instant purchase of the month.

Mourid Barghouti is a renown poet and his aesthetic, lyrical words is the reason on why it took me quite sometimes to finish this book. Though it was about his return to his hometown in West Bank
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Andrew
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Charlie Lee
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

Definitely not a fun read, but important none the less...

I'm not a massive fan of memoir usually; it lacks the satisfying structure of fiction. However, Barghouti helped to add a lot of emotional detail to a picture I only knew from historians / intellectuals, such as Ilan Pape, Norman Finklestein and Noam Chomsky. While they were all good at giving an overview of the situation, a personal account has definitely enriched my knowledge of the Palestinian / Israeli conflict. Also, some o
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Christina
In this book, the Author returns to his hometown in Israeli-occupied Palestine after thirty years of exile and tells us about his experience. You can certainly tell the author is a poet. The writing is beautiful an lyrical. It is beautifully constructed and moving . He very lyrically describes in particular the effect displacement has on people.
My favorite chapter was "Displacements" - the following is an excerpt :
"Displacements are always multiple. Displacements that collect around you and cl
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Yahia El gamal
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is a very personal book. A trip inside the thoughts and feeling of a Palestinian in exile most of his life.

It starts with a mere bridge, and then a lifetime of immense feelings. Explores the bad things in exile, but surprisingly the good as well.

I could relate to some of his thoughts and feeling, I am sure many people will. But most importantly, you can will admire the ones you cannot relate to.

But keep in mind that Mourid is a poet as well, and there is a part of the book where poetry take
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Chiraayu Gosrani
A memoir that moves one with its poetry of exile. Barghouti captures occupation, displacement and oppression in the daily disruption of life's rhythm and that of other displaced or occupied Palestinians. But in his own rhythm and lyrical writing, he validates his community's ability to overcome disruptive violence. Twenty years plus have passed since it's writing, but Barghouti's work is still pertinent to conversations about Palestinian liberation. The English translation is excellent, but I do ...more
Yalin
Barghouti's work is a look into the life and recollections of a Palestinian exile, who finally returns home to Ramallah to revisit his childhood memories and the ideal of home left in his mind. It is an exploration of how he reacts to these changes, and reflects on the life that has been forced upon him by the conditions brought upon his homeland and his people. It is a fantastic read on the Palestinian conditions, and a wonderful personal account by a Palestinian poet.
Kobe Bryant
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
so very melancholy
Christopher Iacovetti
'Displacement is like death. One thinks it happens only to other people. From the summer of '67 I became that displaced stranger whom I had always thought was someone else' (p. 3).

'But I do know that the stranger can never go back to what he was. Even if he returns. It is over. A person gets "displacement" as he gets asthma, and there is no cure for either. And a poet is worse off, because poetry itself is an estrangement' (p. 4).

'Now here I am looking at it: at the west bank of the Jordan River
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Elliot Ratzman
Barghouti is a Palestinian poet who was prevented from returning to Palestine until the mid-90s, when this travelogue/meditation takes place. Its strength is the ambivalence that he records on returning to the villages and towns of his youth. Like Turki’s Exile’s Return, the Palestinian national experience primes the exile for a romantic reunion with the land, but the conditions and the people turn out to be all-too-human, as he repeats “life cannot be simplified.” Ramallah has been under an unj ...more
Hager Moharram
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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To review a book like that is so darn impossible, especially when it is an award winning autobiography and internationally recognized and appreciated. But I will keep the review as simple and as brief as I can because words will fail me to express what I felt deep inside while reading this book. For starters I will write from the perspective of an Arab reader who already formulated her viewpoint of the Palestinian cause and what Palestine means to her. So the book was a reminder of what I know a ...more
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