I Was Born There, I Was Born Here

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Nov 7, 2011 - Art - 216 pages
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In 2000 Mourid Barghouti published I Saw Ramallah, the acclaimed memoir

that told of returning in 1996 to his Palestinian home for the first time since

exile following the Six-Day War in 1967.





I Was

Born There, I Was Born Here takes up the story in

1998 when Barghouti returned to the Occupied Territories to introduce his

Cairo-born son, Tamim, to his Palestinian family. Ironically, a few years later

Tamim had himself been arrested for taking part in a demonstration against the

impending Iraq War. He was held in the very same Cairo prison from which his

father had been expelled from Egypt to begin a second exile in Budapest when

Tamim was only a few months old.

Ranging freely back and forth in time

between the 1990s and the present day, Barghouti weaves into his account of

exile poignant evocations of Palestinian history and daily life - the pleasure

of coffee arriving at just the right moment, the challenge of a car journey

through the Occupied Territories, the meaning of home and the importance of

being able to say, standing in a small village in Palestine, 'I was born here',

rather than saying from exile, 'I was born there'.

Full of life and humour in the face of a

culture of death, I Was Born There, I Was

Born Here is destined, like its predecessor, to become a classic.
 

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I WAS BORN THERE, I WAS BORN HERE

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The emotionally powerful memoir of an exiled Palestinian poet.Barghouti (Midnight and Other Poems, 2008, etc.) won the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature for I Saw Ramallah, an account of his return ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Mourid Barghouti was born in 1944 near Ramallah. He has published thirteen books of poetry in Arabic including a Collected Works (1997) and was awarded the Palestine Award for Poetry in 2000. Mourid Barghouti lives in Cairo with his wife, the novelist Radwa Ashour

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