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Touch by Adania Shibli

May 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


featuring Nadia Yaqub, Professor and Chair of Asian Studies

Meeting Date: Tuesday, May 14

“Celebrated young Palestinian writer Shibli – a playwright, author and essayist now located in the UK – makes her American debut with an exquisite, powerful novella that transports readers to her West Bank homeland. Like a great volume of poetry, [Touch] has rhythm and unexpected momentum, and cries for re-reading.”—Publishers Weekly

“Shibli breaks with the traditions of modern Arabic fiction, creating a work that has been and will continue to be hailed across literatures. Here every ordinary word, ordinary action is a small stone dropped into water: of inevitable consequence. We find ourselves mesmerized one quiet ripple at a time.”—Amazon

Touch purrs along like an extended prose poem – all words and sounds and images – as Shibli picks up the glinting fragments of the girl’s experience, then turns them over in her hand to see how they refract the light of a world so radically constricted and reduced.”—The National (United Arab Emirates)

“Adania Shibli’s American debut is a visually striking composition of interconnected prose poem-like vignettes that follow a young girl living on the West Bank of Palestine. Through the book’s polished and fluid prose, sensory details are foregrounded over the trajectory of narrative sense-making, and the circumstantial themes of the text (family life, love, death, political strife) unfold the way a narrative might enter into one’s experience of a painting—their impacts permeate throughout the text, but rarely are they explicitly depicted or referenced.”—The Quarterly Conversation

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May 14
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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