Assadi, Jamal (ed.)
Father and Son
Selected Short Fiction by Hanna Ibrahim Elias and Mohammad Ali Saeid
Edited and Translated by Jamal Assadi
Year of Publication: 2009
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2009. X, 132 pp.
ISBN 978-1-4331-0638-5 hardback (Hardcover)
Weight: 0.390 kg, 0.860 lbs
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Father and Son is a collection of short stories by Hanna Ibrahim Elias and Mohammad Ali Saeid, who have managed to compel into unity the contradictions of being Israeli citizens and sons of the Palestinian people. These stories span over fifty years and so faithfully record the rise and development of the various aspects of what is called, paradoxically, Israeli-Palestinian life.
Readers of this volume will encounter serious stories strewn with light and humorous scenes, stories of intense love mixed with stories of the unusual. Story after story advocates a different choice in terms of point of view, gender, and setting. Each character is exciting, moving, and convincing. Casual readers will taste the flavor of a different culture, while scholars interested in Arabic literature will be provided with new fields for academic evaluations and critique.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Editor and Translator: Jamal Assadi is Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Department of English at The College of Sakhnin for Teacher Education, Sakhnin, Israel. He received his Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England. In addition to numerous articles in professional journals, Dr. Assadi is the author of Acting, Rhetoric and Interpretation in Selected Novels by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Saul Bellow (Lang, 2006), Practicum Guide (2006), A Distant Drummer: Foreign Perspectives on F. Scott Fitzgerald (Lang, 2007) and Mohammad Ali Taha's «A Rose To Hafeeza's Eyes» and Other Stories (Lang, 2008).
«Jamal Assadi is giving Palestinian voices a new life. By introducing Palestinian writers to a wider readership in the English language, he is enabling them to tell their own stories - the stories of their plight, dreams, exploitation, alienation, and marginalization. These voices document the Palestinian tale over the last sixty years. They have been imprisoned in the language of exile. The writers of these stories can now speak with a fresh voice and tell the tale of their people.» (Ibrahim Darwish, Palestinian Writer and Academic, London)