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Author Nusseibeh, Sari.

Title Once upon a country : a Palestinian life / Sari Nusseibeh ; with Anthony David.

Published New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.

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Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  956.9442054 NUSS    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description viii, 542 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [537]-542).
Contents Prologue: A Fairy Tale 3 -- 1 Key 15 -- 2 Pan-Arab Nation 21 -- 3 Promises, Promises 25 -- 4 Herod's Gate Committee 38 -- 5 Pepper Tree 57 -- 6 A Grapevine 85 -- 7 Smashing Idols 104 -- 8 Sunflower 129 -- 9 Monticello 138 -- 10 Lemon Tree Cafe 151 -- 11 Salon 171 -- 12 Military Order 854 184 -- 13 Masquerade 202 -- 14 Murder on the Via Dolorosa 215 -- 15 Faisal Husseini 229 -- 16 Annex Us! 235 -- 17 Sticks and Stones 248 -- 18 Exorcism 264 -- 19 A Declaration of Independence 280 -- 20 Interrogation 290 -- 21 Ramle Prison 314 -- 22 Madrid 336 -- 23 A Shadow Government 353 -- 24 Oslo 364 -- 25 Disappearance 383 -- 26 Porcupines and Roosters 400 -- 27 Holy of Holies 420 -- 28 Possessed 428 -- 29 Allies 444 -- 30 Checkmate 456 -- 31 Iron Fist 478 -- 32 "The Tigers" 497 -- 33 Perfect Crime 510 -- Epilogue A Night Journey 528.
Summary "Once upon a country is as remarkable a book about the Middle East as has been published in recent years. The story of one man's life in the region, it is also the richest and most sympathetic account to date of the modern Palestinian outlook." "Sari Nusseibeh-now a university president - was raised to be a "representative man" of post-1948 Palestine. His family's roots in the region can be traced back to the Middle Ages, and his father served as the governor of Jerusalem. Educated in philosophy at Oxford (where he met his wife, Lucy) and Harvard (where he worked as a dishwasher to make ends meet), Nusseibeh returned to Jerusalem intending to build upon his father's support for Palestinian coexistence with Israel." "But the wars of 1967 and 1973 spelled the beginning of the end for the vision of a unified Palestine taking its place alongside Israel - and Nusseibeh's story dramatizes the consequences of war, partition, and terrorism as few other books have done. The never-ending conflicts in the region meant that Nusseibeh was drawn into politics, and his account shows us the daily life of the embattled Palestinian leadership from the inside. From his time teaching side by side with Israelis at the Hebrew University through his appointment by Yasir Arafat to administer Arab Jerusalem, he has held fast to the principles of freedom and equality for all even as the power brokers around him insist that these are impossible to fulfill. As his ancient and storied land is torn apart by settlements and barricades, corruption and violence, Nusseibeh struggles to keep alive some faint hope for his country's future."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author David, Anthony, 1962-
Subject Nusseibeh, Sari.
Palestinian Arabs -- Biography.
Arab-Israeli conflict.
ISBN 0374299501 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780374299507 (hardcover : alk. paper)