by Rabai Al-Madhoun - £11.99 The American University in Cairo Press (2018)
paperback ISBN 13: 9789774168628 | ISBN 10: 9774168623
Palestinian-Armenian Ivana eloped with a British doctor in the 1940s, in the midst of the Nakba, and emigrated to England.
Over half a century later, her daughter Julie has been tasked with her dying wish: to take her ashes back to their old home in Acre.
With her husband Walid, they leave London and embark on a journey back to their country of birth.
Written in four parts, each as a concerto movement, Rabai al-Madhoun's pioneering new novel explores Palestinian exile, with all its complex loyalties and identities.
Broad in scope and sweeping in its history, it lays bare the tragedy of everyday Palestinian life.
(Price & availability last checked: March 2018)