As the First World War shatters families, destroys friendships and kills lovers, a young Palestinian dreamer sets out to find himself. Midhat Kamal navigates his way across a fractured world, from the shifting politics of the Middle East to the dinner tables of Montpellier and a newly tumultuous Paris. He discovers that everything is fragile: love turns to loss, friends become enemies and everyone is looking for a place to belong.

`A sublime reading experience: delicate, restrained, surpassingly intelligent, uncommonly poised and truly beautiful’ – Zadie Smith Isabella Hammad delicately untangles … More

Disconsolate, lost in memories, contemplating suicide & paranoid that men want to take advantage of her, she drinks her evenings away or retreats into her apartment. The reader doesn’t know at first what’s brought her to this bleak existence & it seems equally mysterious to Sasha herself: “I am asking myself all the time what the devil I am doing here. All the time.”

But over the course of the novel scenes from the past gradually emerge leading to a rough picture of how … More