My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet's Life in the Palestinian Century
Beautifully written, and composed with a novelists eye for detail, this book tells the story of an exceptional man and the culture from which he emerged. Taha Muhammad Ali was born in 1931 in the Galilee village of Saffuriyya and was forced to flee during the war in 1948. He traveled on foot to Lebanon and returned a year later to find his village destroyed. An autodidact, he has since run a souvenir shop in Nazareth, at the same time evolving into what National Book Critics Circle Awardwinner Eliot Weinberger has dubbed perhaps the most accessible and delightful poet alive today. As it places Muhammad Alis life in the context of the lives of his predecessors and peers, My Happiness offers a sweeping depiction of a charged and fateful epoch. It is a work that Arabic scholar Michael Sells describes as among the five must read books on the Israel-Palestine tragedy. In an era when talk of the Clash of Civilizations dominates, this biography offers something else entirely: a view of the people and culture of the Middle East that is rich, nuanced, and, above all else, deeply human.
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Review: My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet's Life in the Palestinian CenturyUser Review - Joyce Thompson - Goodreads
Of necessity, this is as much or more a political than a literary biography. Taha's poetic gift was always secondary to surviving the systematic efforts of the Israeli government to marginalize the ... Read full review
Review: My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet's Life in the Palestinian CenturyUser Review - Sarah Beth - Goodreads
It's not really a biography of the poet, he's present, but he's in the background. There's more history, which I actually found a lot more interesting than the details of the poet's life that Hoffman ... Read full review
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