Female writers in arabic literature

Female writers in arabic literature

We loved

Sahar Khalîfa

The End of Spring
Edition Arabe Dâr al-âdâb
Bayreuth, 2004
email :d_aladab@cyberia.net.lb

 

A fantastic novel written by a Palestinian woman.  A remarkably well written book which skilfully and beautifully combines easy to read literary Arabic with what we now call “intermediate” Arabic, as well as an exceptionally rich Palestinian colloquial diction, which includes several different dialects and enables the book to be understood by a larger number of readers.
 
Sahar Khalîfa talks about Palestine after the Oslo Accords, the creation of the Palestine Authority and the disillusionment these events caused. She includes the invasion of the Gaza strip by the Israeli army, the Ramallah siege, the siege of Arafat’s headquarters and the ordeal the Palestinian leader and his companions went through.
 
This novel, difficult in places – a reflection of the situation in Palestine at the time – intelligently and humanely avoids any Manichaeism or direct attack towards Israel. With a certain simplicity, it depicts the absurd reality of the conflict which is often short of the harsh reality implied by the author.
 
The characters are likeable and presented with a surprising realism. They are ‘plump’ and often clumsy and funny.
 
The book even ends on an optimistic and moving note about the young Israeli generation and how they could be the ones to change things in the future.
We won’t say any more – read it and recommend it to your friends and family.