The Parisan

The Parisan
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Published Date: April 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1911214427

As the First World War shatters families, destroys friendships and kills lovers, a young Palestinian dreamer sets out to find himself. Midhat Kamal navigates his way across a fractured world, from the shifting politics of the Middle East to the dinner tables of Montpellier and a newly tumultuous Paris. He discovers that everything is fragile: love turns to loss, friends become enemies and everyone is looking for a place to belong.

Isabella Hammad delicately untangles the politics and personal tragedies of a turbulent era - the Palestinian struggle for independence, the strife of the early twentieth century and the looming shadow of the Second World War. An intensely human story amidst a global conflict, The Parisian is historical fiction with a remarkable contemporary voice.

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The 2019 Shortlist

  • Stone Men: The Palestinians who built Israel
  • Zaitoun: Recipes and Stories from the Palestinian Kitchen
  • The Parisan
  • Palestinian Cinema in the Days of Revolution
  • Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine
  • Nabil Anani: Palestine, Land and People
  • Palestinian Women's Activism: Nationalism, Secularism, Islamism