Wild Thorns

Translator: Trevor :Le Gassick/Elizabeth Fernea Publisher: Saqi Books Place of Publication: Palestine Date of Publication: 2005 Language: Arabic ISBN: 0-86356-537-9 Number of Copies: 2 Author: Khalifa, Sahar

A young Palestinian named Usama returns from working in the Gulf to support the resistance movement. His mission is to blow up buses transporting Palestinian workers into Israel.Shocked to discover that many of his fellow citizens have adjusted to life under military rule, Usama exchanges harsh words with friends and family. Despite uncertainty he sets out to accomplish his mission … with disastrous consequences.Originally published in Jerusalem, Wild Thorns is the first Arab novel to offer a glimpse of social and personal relations under Israeli occupation. Featuring unsentimental portrayals of everyday life, its deep sincerity, uncompromising honesty and rich emotional core plead elegantly for the cause of survival in the face of oppression.