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Allen & Unwin, Apr 1, 2003 - Fiction - 180 pages
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Zein, Farhan, Rayya and their circle are migrants of the fifties, yearning for both their future and their past. Their children, Salah, Rima, Hussein and their friends are young Australians with a distinctive voice and place, succeeding or failing in the clash between generations, struggling for independence in the face of their parents hopes and dreams. Abdal-Rahman is an Iraqi refugee who has lost everything. And Ali, Ahmad, Akram and Yusuf are children in Palestine and Baghdad who have no future but whose stories soar.

Mahjar is about lives, journeys and stories, about exile and the

experiences that push people to new homelands. Through interwoven

stories and fables, it evokes Australia s intimate connection with the

Middle East. as well as the joys of living in a new land.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Fifteen elegant tales about the Arab émigré experience in Australia, courtesy of the Down Under continent's Sallis (The City of Sealions, p. 145).While the collection tracks an Australian's immersion ... Read full review


User Review  - Thorpe-Bowker and Contributors - Books+Publishing

Mahjar is less a novel than a collection of interlinked short stories and character sketches. The stories mostly centre on members of the Middle Eastern community who have relocated to Australia, with ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Eva Sallis was born in Bendigo. She has an MA in literature and a PhD in comparative literature from The University of Adelaide where she now teaches. She won The Australian/Vogel Literary Award in 1997 for her first novel, Hiam. Her most recent novel is The City of Sealions which was published in 2002.

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