by Faqit, Fadia

A powerful socio-political novel, Nisanit, depicts love, compassion, sacrifice, suffering and lost innocence in an atmosphere of conflict, hatred and oppression. Nisanit‘s three entwined narrative lines show the Arab Israeli conflicts through the eyes of Shadeed, the Palestinian guerrilla fighter; David, his Israeli interrogator; and Iman, the young Arab woman in love with Shadeed. Faith and fanaticism, the psychology of torturer and tortured, the question `Is love a consolation?’ – Fadia Faqir dramatizes all these themes in her tremendous first novel, a masterpiece of artistry and passion.