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The Lemon Tree

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In the summer of 1967, Bashir - a young Palestinian man - knocks on the door of his childhood home in the town of Ramla in Israel, a home from which his family was driven some twenty years earlier. The door is opened by a young Jewish woman, Dalia, whose family settled in the house after fleeing persecution in Bulgaria at the end of the Second World War.
Thus begins an unlikely and difficult friendship,
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InhaltIn the summer of 1967, Bashir - a young Palestinian man - knocks on the door of his childhood home in the town of Ramla in Israel, a home from which his family was driven some twenty years earlier. The door is opened by a young Jewish woman, Dalia, whose family settled in the house after fleeing persecution in Bulgaria at the end of the Second World War.
Thus begins an unlikely and difficult friendship, which bridges religious divides and lasts more than four decades. The Lemon Tree tells the story of this extraordinary friendship and offers a much needed human perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
'At a time when peace seems remote and darkness deepens, this lucid, humane, hopeful book shines like a ray of light' The Times
'Reads like a novel...an informed take for anyone interested in the human stories behind a conflict'
New Statesman
'A fascinating and highly absorbing account full of warmth, compassion and hope'
Belfast Telegraph
'Extraordinary...a highly readable and evocative history'
Washington Post
'Affecting...sensitively told. Humane and literate - and rather daring in suggesting that the future of the Middle East need not be violent'
Kirkus Reviews
ZusammenfassungIn the summer of 1967, not long after the Six Day War, three young Palestinian men ventured into the town of Ramla in Israel. They were cousins, on a pilgrimage to see their childhood homes, from which they and their families had been driven out nearly twenty years earlier. One cousin had the door slammed in his face, one found that his old house had been converted into a school. But the third, Bashir, was met at the door by a young woman named Dalia, who invited him in...
This poignant encounter is the starting point for the story of two families - one Arab, one Jewish - which spans the fraught modern history of the region. In the lemon tree his father planted in the backyard of his childhood home, Bashir sees a symbol of occupation; Dalia, who arrived in 1948 as an infant with her family, as a fugitive from Bulgaria, sees hope for a people devastated by the Holocaust. Both are inevitably swept up in the fates of their people and the stories of their lives form a microcosm of more than half a century of Israeli-Palestinian history.
What began as a simple meeting between two young people grew into a dialogue lasting four decades. The Lemon Tree offers a much needed human perspective on this seemingly intractable conflict and reminds us not only of all that is at stake, but also of all that is possible.
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Erscheinungsjahr2008
Erscheinungsdatum01.07.2008
Seiten560 Seiten
SpracheEnglisch
Dateigrösse892 Kbytes
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VorwortThe true story of a friendship spanning religious divisions and four decades of Israeli-Palestinian conflict
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KritikAt a time when peace seems remote and darkness deepens, this lucid, humane, hopeful book shines like a ray of light The Times A superb, sustained piece of narrative non-fiction The Sunday Times Extraordinary... Tolan's narrative provides a much needed human dimension to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict... a highly readable and evocative history Washington Post Reads like a novel......mehr

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Sandy Tolan is a journalist, teacher and documentary radio producer and has reported from more than 30 countries, particularly in the Middle East. He has produced dozens of radio documentaries and has written for newspapers and magazines including the New York Times and USA Today. He now teaches international reporting at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.

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