Vanished: The Mysterious Disappearance of Mustafa Ouda

Vanished: The Mysterious Disappearance of Mustafa Ouda
Publisher: Rimal publications
Published Date: 01 June 2015
ISBN-13: 978-9963715138

What does it take to discover the truth? Betrayal? Deception? Risking one's own life? Omar Ouda did it all. Vanished is a fictional story set against the political unrest in Palestine, following a young boy trying to find his father. The deeper he delves into his father's mysterious disappearance, the more he finds himself forced to make terrible choices, testing his loyalty to his country and his family.

The book is also about friendship born out of difficult circumstances, presented here through the character of ahmed who risks his life to help his friend in the quest to find his father. Omar's journey is fictional; however, it describes real life in Palestine's Gaza strip between 1981 and 2011.

Shortlisted for the Palestine Book Awards 2015

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Reviewed by: Noor Ahmad

Vanished is a fast-paced and compelling account of a young Palestinian boy in Gaza, Omar Ouda, grappling with the mysterious disappearance of his father and who throughout the course of the novel risks all to discover the truth. Set against a vivid backdrop of life in Gaza, it is an enthralling read that you will not want to put down. Life in...

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