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A Curious Land: Stories from Home

A Curious Land: Stories from Home
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Published Date: 01 October 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1625341877

Susan Muaddi Darraj’s short story collection about the inhabitants of a Palestinian West Bank village, Tel al-Hilou, spans generations and continents to explore ideas of memory, belonging, connection, and, ultimately, the deepest and richest meaning of home. A Curious Land gives voice to the experiences of Palestinians in the last century. 


Reviewed by: Nasim Ahmed

“A Curious Land” by Susan Muaddi Darraj is a collection of short stories about the inhabitants of Tel Al-Hilou, which is a small Palestinian village in the West Bank. Spanning generations, and continents, the stories explore aspects of the Palestinian narrative through the lived experiences of characters in the book. Darraj writes nine...


The 2017 Shortlist

  • The Oslo Accords
  • Gaza under Hamas: From Islamic Democracy to Islamist Governance
  • The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories
  • Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine
  • The Commander: Fawzi Al-Qawuqji and the fight for Arab Independence 1914-1948
  • The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine
  • Code Name: Butterfly
  • On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and other displacements
  • Drawing the Kafr Qasem Massacre

Past Winners

  • Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities
  • I Remember My Name
  • Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora
  • Imperial Perceptions: British influence and power in late Ottoman times
  • Gaza: A History
  • Jerusalem Interrupted: Modernity and Colonial Transformation
  • The Palestinians: Photographs of a Land and its People from 1839 to the Present Day
  •  The Battle for Justice in Palestine
  • Refugees of Revolution: Experiences of Exile
  • The Storyteller of Jerusalem: The Life and Times of Wasif Jawhariyyeh, 1904-1948