Come What May – Book Launch and Discussion

4 May '22 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Launching his anticipated novel ‘Come What May’, Palestinian writer and director Ahmed Masoud discusses his latest work with author Selma Debbagh. In this event, Ahmed will read excerpts from the book and talk about contemporary Palestinian writing and art. Both Selma and Ahmed write about Palestine in English and have previously collaborated on various artistic projects. During this evening, they will discuss the main themes of the novel, looking at class issues in Gaza, corruption and betrayal in the very small and isolated society. ‘Come What May’ is also a love story set against a background of literature, books and Shakespeare.

You can pre-order your copy here.

How does one investigate a murder in the middle of a war zone? Does it matter if a person is killed by an airstrike or a knife?

‘Come What May’ is a poignant novel following the life of Zahra Beiso whose husband Ammar, was killed in 2014 and written off as one of the two thousand or so casualties of war. However, Zahra is convinced that her husband was murdered by a fellow Palestinian, not an Israeli airstrike. This conviction would put her on a two-year journey ripe with dismissal and ridicule as she tries desperately to find a detective willing to take on her case. When Nouman El Taweel agrees to investigate, Zahra begins to regret it almost immediately as the policeman uncovers the truth behind the murder, along with a network of deception, lies and corruption.



Brunei Gallery SOAS Thornhaugh Street London WC1H 0XG


PalArt, Centre for Palestine Studies (SOAS), MARSM

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