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Author Hoffman, Adina.

Title My happiness bears no relation to happiness : a poet's life in the Palestinian century / Adina Hoffman
Published New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (vii, 454 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents Prelude: Bir el-Amir -- Saffuriyya I -- Saffuriyya II -- Lebanon -- Reina -- Nazareth I -- Nazareth II
Summary From the Publisher: Beautifully written, and composed with a novelist's eye for detail, this book tells the story of an exceptional man and the culture from which he emerged. Taha Muhammad Ali was born in 1931 in the Galilee village of Saffuriyya and was forced to flee during the war in 1948. He traveled on foot to Lebanon and returned a year later to find his village destroyed. An autodidact, he has since run a souvenir shop in Nazareth, at the same time evolving into what National Book Critics Circle Award-winner Eliot Weinberger has dubbed "perhaps the most accessible and delightful poet alive today." As it places Muhammad Ali's life in the context of the lives of his predecessors and peers, My Happiness offers a sweeping depiction of a charged and fateful epoch. It is a work that Arabic scholar Michael Sells describes as "among the five 'must read' books on the Israel-Palestine tragedy." In an era when talk of the "Clash of Civilizations" dominates, this biography offers something else entirely: a view of the people and culture of the Middle East that is rich, nuanced, and, above all else, deeply human
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 409-441) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject ʻAlī, Ṭāhā Muḥammad.
Poets, Palestinian Arab -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0300155808 (electronic bk.)
9780300155808 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)