Passage to the Plaza by Sahar Khalifeh

Passage to the Plaza by Sahar Khalifeh is a work of fiction. The book has been translated from Arabic by Sawad Hussain. It hit the shelves on 15th February 2020, the book will be available in India in the month of June. Passage to the Plaza is told from the perspective of female protagonists. The  “notions of freedom, love, respectability, nationhood, the rights of women, and Palestinian identity” are broken down and built back up again. The book has been published by Seagull Books. 
Check out the blurb of the book here:
In Bab al-Saha, a quarter of Nablus, Palestine, sits a house of ill repute. In it lives Nuzha, a young woman ostracized from and shamed by her community. When the intifada breaks out, Nuzha’s abode unexpectedly becomes a Sanctuary for those in the quarter: Hussam, an injured resistance fighter; Samar, a University researcher exploring the impact of the intifada on women’s lives; and site Zakia, the pious midwife.
In the furnace of conflict at the heart of the 1987 intifada, notions of freedom, love, respectability, nationhood, the rights of women, and Palestinian identity among the reluctant residents of the house and the inhabitants of the quarter at large—will be melted and re-forged. Vividly recounted through the eyes of its female protagonists, passage to the Plaza is a ground-breaking story that shatters the myth of a uniform gendered experience of conflict.

About the author

Sahar Khalifeh was born in Nablus in 1941 and is one of the most prominent Palestinian writers of our time. She is the author of eleven novels, all of which deal with the situation of the Palestinians under occupation.

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