Passage to the Plaza

Sahar Khalifeh

Passage to the Plaza

Sahar Khalifeh

Distributed for Seagull Books

Translated by Sawad Hussain
224 pages | 5 x 8
Cloth $24.50 ISBN: 9780857427700 Will Publish February 2020 World sales rights except India
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 Sitt 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—both 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 groundbreaking story that shatters the myth of a uniform gendered experience of conflict.
 
Review Quotes
Bashir Abu-Manneh, author of The Palestinian Novel: From 1948 to the Present
"No Palestinian writer has subjected Palestinian society to as radical a political and social critique as Khalifeh has done since she began writing in the early 1970s."
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