Return: A Palestinian Memoir

Return: A Palestinian Memoir

Return: A Palestinian Memoir


Event to mark the publication of Ghada Karmi's Return: A Palestinian Memoir (Verso 2015).Having grown up in Britain following her family's exile from Palestine, doctor, author and academic Ghada Karmi leaves her adoptive home in a quest to return to her homeland. She starts work with the Palestinian Authority and gets a firsthand understanding of its bizarre bureaucracy under Israel’s occupation.

In her quest, she takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the heart of one of the world’s most intractable conflict zones and one of the major issues of our time. Visiting places she has not seen since childhood, her unique insights reveal a militarised and barely recognisable homeland, and her home in Jerusalem, like much of the West Bank, occupied by strangers. Her encounters with politicians, fellow Palestinians, and Israeli soldiers cause her to question what role exiles like her have in the future of their country and whether return is truly possible.

Ghada Karmi, University of Exeter

Date: 20 October 2015Time: 5:45 PM

Finishes: 20 October 2015Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: 0

Series: Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East

Chair: Dina Matar, SOAS

Organiser: London Middle East Institute and the Centre for Palestine Studies

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