BOOK TALK: THE BOOK OF DISAPPEARANCE
Date(s) - 11/25/2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Richard Ettinghausen Library
Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Ibtisam Azem presents her novel, The Book of Disappearance, in conversation with Ella Shohat and Sinan Antoon. Set in contemporary Jaffa/Tel Aviv forty eight hours after Israelis discover all their Palestinian neighbors have vanished, Azem’s powerfully imaginative novel unfolds through alternating narrators: Alaa, a young Palestinian man who converses with his dead grandmother in the journal he left behind when he disappeared, and his Jewish neighbor, Ariel, a journalist struggling to understand the traumatic event. The Book of Disappearance, translated from the Arabic by Sinan Antoon, grapples with both the memory of loss and the loss of memory for the Palestinians.