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    Against the Loveless World: Shortlisted for Palestine Book Award

    £16.99
    ISBN: 9781526618795
    AuthorSusan Abulhawa
    Pub Date23/07/2020
    BindingHardback
    Pages384
    Availability: Available to Order

    'A thrilling, defiant novel' FATIMA BHUTTO
    'A masterpiece' MARC LAMONT HILL
    'Wonderful ... Shines a ray of hope into some very dark places' MICHAEL PALIN
    'A fearless work of imagination' AHDAF SOUEIF

    Shortlisted for Palestine Book Award


    Nahr has been confined to the Cube: nine square metres of glossy grey cinderblock, devoid of time, its patterns of light and dark nothing to do with day and night. Journalists visit her, but get nowhere; because Nahr is not going to share her story with them.

    The world outside calls Nahr a terrorist, and a whore; some might call her a revolutionary, or a hero. But the truth is, Nahr has always been many things, and had many names.

    She was a girl who learned, early and painfully, that when you are a second class citizen love is a kind of desperation; she learned, above all else, to survive.

    She was a girl who went to Palestine in the wrong shoes, and without looking for it found what she had always lacked in the basement of a battered beauty parlour: purpose, politics, friends. She found a dark-eyed man called Bilal, who taught her to resist; who tried to save her when it was already too late.

    Nahr sits in the Cube, and tells her story to Bilal. Bilal, who isn't there; Bilal, who may not even be alive, but who is her only reason to get out.

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    'A thrilling, defiant novel' FATIMA BHUTTO
    'A masterpiece' MARC LAMONT HILL
    'Wonderful ... Shines a ray of hope into some very dark places' MICHAEL PALIN
    'A fearless work of imagination' AHDAF SOUEIF

    Shortlisted for Palestine Book Award


    Nahr has been confined to the Cube: nine square metres of glossy grey cinderblock, devoid of time, its patterns of light and dark nothing to do with day and night. Journalists visit her, but get nowhere; because Nahr is not going to share her story with them.

    The world outside calls Nahr a terrorist, and a whore; some might call her a revolutionary, or a hero. But the truth is, Nahr has always been many things, and had many names.

    She was a girl who learned, early and painfully, that when you are a second class citizen love is a kind of desperation; she learned, above all else, to survive.

    She was a girl who went to Palestine in the wrong shoes, and without looking for it found what she had always lacked in the basement of a battered beauty parlour: purpose, politics, friends. She found a dark-eyed man called Bilal, who taught her to resist; who tried to save her when it was already too late.

    Nahr sits in the Cube, and tells her story to Bilal. Bilal, who isn't there; Bilal, who may not even be alive, but who is her only reason to get out.

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