Diana Allan and contributors Salman Abu Sitta, Lena Jayyusi and Mahmoud Zeidan launch Voices of the Nakba (Pluto Press, 2021) which won an English Pen Award this year. Hear about the living history of Palestine as contributors tell the stories of first-generation Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.
In the 1948 war more than 750,000 Palestinian Arabs fled or were violently expelled from their homes by Zionist militias. The legacy of the Nakba – which translates to ‘disaster’ or ‘catastrophe’ – lays bare the violence of the ongoing Palestinian plight. Voices of the Nakba collects the stories of first-generation Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, documenting a watershed moment in the history of the modern Middle East through the voices of the people who lived through it. The interviews, with commentary from leading scholars of Palestine and the Middle East, offer a vivid journey into the history, politics and culture of Palestine, defining Palestinian popular memory on its own terms in all its plurality and complexity.
This free online event is co-presented with Pluto Press.