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By Emile Habiby, Trevor Le Gassick, Salma Khadra Jayyusi

Translated by means of Trevor Le Gassick, Salma Khadra Jayyusi

This modern vintage, the tale of a Palestinian who turns into a citizen of Israel, combines truth and delusion, tragedy and comedy. Saeed is the comedian hero, the luckless idiot, whose story tells of aggression and resistance, terror and heroism, cause and loyalty that typify the hardships and struggles of Arabs in Israel. An informer for the Zionist kingdom, his stupidity, candor, and cowardice make him extra of a sufferer than a villain; yet in a chain of tragicomic episodes, he's steadily reworked from a disaster-haunted, gullible collaborator right into a Palestinian-no hero nonetheless, yet an easy guy reason on survival and, possibly, happiness.

The author's personal anger and sorrow at Palestine's tragedy and his acquaintance with the absurdities of Israeli politics (he was a member of Israel's parliament himself) are right here transmuted into satire either biting and humorous.

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So they continued searching for him and Mango’s statue until the state was founded. As for his wife, she did not die before she found another husband, one who was not sterile. As a child, I decided not to die with a bent back like my forebears and so have never searched for treasure at my feet. I began, instead, looking for treasure above, in the endless reaches o f space, in this “shoreless sea,” as the mystic poet Ibn Arabi15 described it. Fate had granted us, when we were in elementary school, one God-damned teacher who was mad about astronomy.

As a child, I decided not to die with a bent back like my forebears and so have never searched for treasure at my feet. I began, instead, looking for treasure above, in the endless reaches o f space, in this “shoreless sea,” as the mystic poet Ibn Arabi15 described it. Fate had granted us, when we were in elementary school, one God-damned teacher who was mad about astronomy. He told us all about Abbas Ibn Firnas16 and Jules Verne and expressed a fanatical pride in all the old Arab astronomers; from Averroes17, who first studied sun spots, to al-Batani al-Harrani,18 who first deduced that the time equation changes slowly over the generations and who first 29 accurately computed the length of the solar year.

My beneficence is very extensive, my boy,” he responded. ” 19 Eight: A Strange Evening Spent in the Courtyard of the Jazzar Mosque My one-time teacher clapped his hands three times and addressed the dark shadows of the courtyard: “Continue whatever you were doing, folks. ” Immediately a great hubbub arose and hands were removed from the mouths of little children. I watched as figures approached from inside the Ahmady mosque school, which encircled the court­ yard on its three sides, to the east, north, and west.

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