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MINOR DETAIL by Adania Shibli

March 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

featuring Nadia Yaqub, Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Finalist for the National Book Award.

Longlisted for the 2021 International Booker Prize.

“Though Minor Detail initially promises to be a kind of counterhistory or whodunit—a rescue of the victim’s story from military courts and Israeli newspapers—it turns out to be something stranger and bleaker. Rather than a discovery of hidden truths, or a search for justice, it is a meditation on the repetitions of history, the past as a recurring trauma….For Shibli, the emblematic experience of occupation is the longue durée of ennui and isolation rather than the dramatic moment of crisis.” — New York Review of Books

“Adania Shibli takes a gamble in entrusting our access to the key event in her novel – the rape and murder of a young Bedouin woman – to two profoundly self-absorbed narrators – an Israeli psychopath and a Palestinian amateur sleuth high on the autism scale – but her method of indirection justifies itself fully as the book reaches its heart-stopping conclusion.”— J.M Coetzee

“Shibli crafts a story that connects strangers to one another through the occupation that has shaped their lives. Nerve-racking and eye-opening.” — Arab News

“An intense and penetrating work about the profound impact of living with violence—Shibli’s work is powerful and this translation by Elisabeth Jaquette is rendered with exquisite clarity and quiet control.” — Los Angeles Review of Books


Meeting Dates: Wednesday, March 27

Cost: $25, includes a copy of the book shipped to your home

This is a hybrid program held at Flyleaf Books. A very limited number of virtual seats are available on a first come, first served basis

Register online or by calling 919-962-1544.

Due to the nature of the reading groups, refunds are not available. 



Adania Shibli will be in the Triangle in early April. Check out the event Palestine as Anti-Narrative: Adania Shibli in Conversation with Diya Abdo, Meta DuEwa Jones, and Mark Rifkin, on Tuesday, April 2nd at 5:30pm to hear her speak about her work with a panel of North Carolina scholars, moderated by Dr. Yaqub.


March 27
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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