Archive for the ‘Ghada Karmi’ Category

In Search of Fatima ImageSusan Abulhawa, author of Mornings in Jenin and founder of Playgrounds for Palestine, picked Ghada Karmi’s In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story as one of her five top books on the subject of Palestinian writing.

… a memoir of violent uprooting and dislocation, presented in an intimate and very personal way.

In writing about the emotional turmoil that Ghada Karmi depicts, Susan Abulhawa calls it “a very tender book”. The rest of the review can be found on the Five Books website here.


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The Punishment of Gaza by Gideon Levy – OUT NOW!

“There are more terrible atrocities in the world than what is being done to the caged prisoners of Gaza, but it is not easy to think of a more cruel and cowardly exhibition of human savagery, fully supported by the US, with Europe trailing politely behind. Gideon Levy’s passionate and revealing account is an eloquent, even desperate, call to bring this shocking tragedy to an end, as can easily be done.” Noam Chomsky

Paperback – 148 pages – 9781844676019 – £8.99 – June 2010

The Invention of Jewish People by Shlomo Sand

“A remarkable book. … Anyone interested in understanding the contemporary Middle East should read this book.” Tony Judt

New in Paperback – 352 pages – 9781844676231 – £9.99 – June 2010

Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions and Refutations by Avi Shlaim

“Not often today do we find historians who are this honest and this bleak and this able—for some reason, I think here of T. S. Eliot’s essays—to express truth so simply.” Robert Fisk, Independent

Hardback – 352 pages – 9781844673667 – £16.99 – 2009

The Myths of Liberal Zionism by Yitzhak Laor

“I can find appropriate words for Laor’s book: it is a gift, incredible and beautiful, so wonderful..” Max Ajl, Electronic Intifada

“…original and urgent… ” John Berger

Hardback – 152 pages – 9781844673148 – £14.99 – 2010

An Orchestra Beyond Borders: Voices of the Western-Eastern Divan Orchestra by Elena Cheah

With an Introduction by Daniel Barenboim

“Invaluable – and rather inspiring – insider’s book about the West-Eastern Divan project. … many more projects should match their courage and vision. Meanwhile, Said and Barenboim’s great creation let us hear the precious sound of hope.” Boyd Tonkin, Independent

Paperback – 320 pages – 9781844674084 – £10.99 – 2009

Mural by Mahmoud Darwish

Introduced and illustrated by John Berger

“Widely acknowledged as the national poet of Palestine.” Robyn Creswell, Harper’s
“Darwish’s poetry is an epic effort to transform the lyrics of loss into the indefinitely postponed drama of return.” Edward Said

Hardback – 80 pages – 9781844674107 – £9.99 – 2009

In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story by Ghada Karmi

“…an important memoir, beautifully written.” Financial Times
“Keenly observed, fierce, honest and yet light of touch.” Economist

New Edition – Paperback – 452 pages – 9781844673681 – £8.99 – 2009

Waiting for the Barbarians: A Tribute to Edward W. Said edited  by Muge Sokmen and Basak Ertur

“Edward Said’s anger against injustice must become ours, and his pen that challenged the sword must become our weapon in the battle for human values.” Elias Khoury

Paperback – 224 pages – 9781844672462 – £16.99 – 2008

Hardback – 9781844672455 – £60.00

A Child in Palestine: The Cartoons of Naji Al-Ali by Naji Al-Ali

“… visionary … it will introduce British readers to al-Ali’s formidable talent. ” Michel Faber, Guardian

Paperback – 120 pages – 9781844673650 – £9.99 – 2009

Suffering as Identity: The Jewish Paradigm by Esther Benbassa

“This work is remarkable for its erudition and salutory non-conformism.” Le Monde Diplomatique

Paperback – 256 pages – 9781844674046 – £14.99 – 2010

Hardback – 9781844674035 –  £55.00

Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History by Norman G. Finkelstein

“A very solid, important and highly informative book. Norman Finkelstein provides extensive details and analysis, with considerable historical depth and expert research.” Noam Chomsky

Paperback – 352 pages – 9781844671496 – £10.99 – 2008

The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering by Norman G. Finkelstein

“The most explosive book of the year.” Guardian

Paperback – 286 pages – 9781859844885 – £9.99 – 2002

Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict by Norman G. Finkelstein

“… both an impressive analysis of Zionist ideology and a searing but scholarly indictment of Israel’s treatment of the Arabs since 1948.” London Review of Books

Paperback – 286 pages – 9781859844427 – £15.00 – 2003

Dreams of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema by Hamid Dabashi

“Dabashi has produced a valuable archive on Palestinian cinema, unlike any other.” Screen

Paperback – 224 pages – 9781844670888 – £14.99 – 2006

Being Arab by Samir Kassir

“One of Lebanon’s most prominent journalists and one of the most vociferous and bravest critics of the Syrian regime.” Robert Fisk, Independent

Hardback – 96 pages – 9781844670996 – £10.99 – 2006

A Time to Speak Out: Independent Voices on Israel, Zionism and Jewish Identity edited by Anne Karpf, Brian Klug, Jacqueline Rose and Barbara Rosenbaum

“Varied in content, highly personal, fascinating and controversial …these essays deserve to be read carefully and debated courteously.” Jewish Chronicle

Paperback – 316 pages – 9781844672295 – £9.99 – 2008

The Last Resistance by Jacqueline Rose

“This brilliantly illuminatory book will greatly enhance Professor Rose’s reputation as a literary critic and public intellectual.” Avi Shlaim

Paperback – 316 pages – 9781844671243 – £16.99 – 2008

Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation by Eyal Weizman

“Weizman has achieved a rare amalgam of politics,
aesthetics, sociology, history and theory.” Financial Times

Hardback – 318 pages – 9781844671250 – £19.99 – 2007

Peace Under Fire: Israel, Palestine and the International Solidarity Movement edited by Josie Sandercock, Radhika Sainath, Marissa McLaughlin, Hussein Khalili, Nicholas Blincoe, Huwaida Arraf, and Ghassan Andoni

Peace Under Fire reveals the real horror of life under occupation and describes the first signs of a new wave of international solidarity.

Paperback – 240 pages – 9781844675017 – £15.00 – 2004

Hardback – 9781844670074 – £35.00

The Roadmap to Nowhere: Israel/Palestine since 2003 by Tanya Reinhart

“Tanya Reinhart’s informative and chilling analysis could hardly be more timely. It should be read and considered with care, and taken very seriously.” Noam Chomsky

Paperback – 260 pages – 9781844670767 – £8.99 – 2006

A Civilian Occupation: The Politics of Israeli Architetcture edited by Rafi Segal and Eyal Weizman

“An incriminating piece of work that shows how deeply implicated Israeli architects have been in the state’s expansionism.” Anne Karpf, Jewish Chronicle

Hardback – 187 pages – 9781859845493 – £13.00 – 2003

Politicide: Ariel Sharon’s War Against Palestinians by Baruch Kimmerling

“Baruch Kimmerling is a brilliant and subtle thinker, who has made enormous contributions to the understanding of Palestinian nationalism and the understanding of Israeli politics and society.” Roane Carey, editor of The New Intifada and The Other Israel

Paperback – 160 pages – 9781844675326 – £8.99 – 2006

Plowshares into Sword: From Zionism to Israel by Arno Mayer

“In Plowshares into Swords, Arno Mayer gives a sweeping and often illuminating overview of the story of Zionism.” New Statesman

Hardback – 432 pages – 9781844672356 – £19.99 – 2008

The Returns of Zionism: Myths, Politics and Scholarship by Gabriel Piterberg

“Very well-informed, and even fascinating.” New Statesman

Paperback – 298 pages – 9781844672608 – £16.99 – 2008

Hardback – 9781844672592 – £60.00

Voice of Hezbollah: The Statements of Sayed Hassan Nasrallah by Nicholas Noe

Voice of Hezbollah brings to an English-speaking readership for the first time Nasrallah’s speeches and interviews: the intricate, deeply populist arguments and promises that he has made from the mid-1980s to the present day.

Paperback – 420 pages – 9781844671533 – £12.99 – 2007

The New Intifada: Resisting Israel’s Apartheid edited by Roane Carey

A group of experts, many of them directly involved in the conflict, trace the course of the uprising, its consequences for the Palestinian people and the Israeli state, and its likely impact on the future of peace in the Middle East.

Paperback – 320 pages – 9781859843778 – £13.00 – 2001

Hardback – 9781859846343 – £45.00

If  I Am Not For Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew by Mike Marqusee

“When I had finished this book I wanted to cheer … If Jewish adolescents got Marqusee’s book as a bar mitzvah present, there might be a chance of avoiding the repetition of history’s mistakes.” — Michael Kustow, Independent

Paperback – 320 pages – 9781844674350 – £9.99 – 2010

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The global economic crisis has highlighted the bankruptcy of a system that puts profits before the needs of ordinary people. Billions across the planet face hunger, war, poverty, catastrophic climate change and unemployment.

But billions are also asking whether a different world is possible, talking about alternatives and fighting back. Marxism 2010 will bring thousands of these people together from across the world to discuss, debate and organise the fightback. Don’t miss it. Book online here.

For more information on this year’s speakers and meetings. Timetable to be announced soon!

Participants confirmed so far include:

  • Slavoj Žižek

Living in the End Times will be published Summer 2010.

Zizek analyzes the end of the world at the hands of the “four riders of the apocalypse”

  • Sheila Rowbotham

Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century is out now.

“As the 21st century falters forward with faith wars and economic collapse, women need to be at the forefront of reimagining our world. This book is a timely reminder that we have been here before” Jeanette Winterson, Times

“Rowbotham has a marvellous gift for explication and an eye for the illuminating quotation… readers of this ambitious and eloquent book will agree with Rowbotham’s tough-minded conclusion: that in women’s ongoing effort to reconcile the personal and the political, “there is no automatic accretion of improvement”, but the need to reinvent utopia in every era.” Elaine Showalter, Daily Telegraph

  • Tariq Ali

Night of the Golden Butterfly is coming soon!

Monday 10 May: Talk and reading from Night of the Golden Butterfly at the British Library. From 18.45.

Tuesday 11 May: Public lecture at the LSE. From 18.30.

Wednesday 12 May: Talk at Bookmarks Bookshop. From 18.30.

  • Shlomo Sand

The paperback edition of the explosive The Invention of the Jewish People will be published Summer 2010.

“Shlomo Sand has written a remarkable book. … Anyone interested in understanding the contemporary Middle East should read this book.” Tony Judt

“…a formidable polemic against claims that Israel has a moral right to define itself as an explicitly and exclusively Jewish society, in which non-Jews, such as Palestino-Israelis, are culturally and politically marginalised.”  Max Hastings, Sunday Times

“Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of the Jewish People (Verso) is both a welcome and, in the case of Israel, much needed exercise in the dismantling of nationalist historical myth and a plea for an Israel that belongs equally to all its inhabitants. Perhaps books combining passion and erudition don’t change political situations, but if they did, this one would count as a landmark.” Eric Hobshawm, Observer, Books of the year

“A string of firecrackers” Stephen Howe, Independent, Book of the Week

“Sand takes on a formidable tradition in claiming that moral validity in the Middle East needs good history, and no discussion of the region any longer seems complete without acknowledgement of his book.” Independent on Sunday, Best History Books of 2009

“An important book – one that hammers another nail into Zionism’s ideological coffin.” Tony Greenstein, Weekly Worker

“[Sand’s] quiet earthquake of a book is shaking historical faith in the link between Judaism and Israel.” Rafael Behr, Observer

  • Authors and academics: Owen Hatherley (Militant Modernism), Alberto Toscano (The Theatre of Production), G M Tamás, Sheila Cohen (Ramparts of Resistance), Jane Hardy (Poland’s New Capitalism), Gareth Dale (Popular Protest in East Germany 1945-1989), Kevin Doogan (New Capitalism?), Neil Davidson (Discovering the Scottish Revolution 1692-1746), Colin Barker, Paul Blackledge (Reflections on the Marxist Theory of History), Martin Empson (Marxism and Ecology), Jonathan Neale (Stop Global Warming, Change the World), Christian Hogsbjerg, John Rose (Myths of Zionism)

Alberto Toscano’s long-awaited history of the figure of the fanatic Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea will be published very soon. Verso is publishing Owen Hatherley‘s A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain in Autumn 2010. More details to be announced soon!

  • Peter Hallward (Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide and the Politics of Containment)

A new, updated edition of Peter Hallward’s Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment is due this autumn.

  • Tony Benn asks where next after the election?

Tony Benn introduces Gerrard Winstanley’s The Law of Freedom in the Revolutions! series.

  • Ghada KarmiSami Ramadaniand Haifa Zangana take part in a course of meetings on Palestine , Iraq and the Middle East
  • Gerry Conlon (wrongly imprisoned as one of the Guildford Four) joins Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg and leading human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce for a panel discussion on civil liberties

On Torture and the Death of Justice by Gareth Peirce is forthcoming this summer. She is a defence lawyer who has represented many men and women in their appeals against wrongful convictions made on the basis of disputed scientific evidence, misidentification and police malpractice, including the family of Jean Charles de Menezes.

  • New-York based Guardian journalist Gary Younge assesses Obama’s first year in power
  • Hester EisensteinNina Powerand Judith Orr debate “the new sexism”
  • Economists Ben FineAlfredo Saad-FilhoJoseph Choonara,Guglielmo CarchediCostas Lapavitsas and Graham Turneranalyse the ongoing economic crisis
  • John Holloway on his new book, “Crack Capitalism”
  • Istvan Mészáros discusses alternatives to parliamentarism
  • Alex Callinicos on his new book, “Bonfire of Illusions”
  • Panos Garganas brings new from the front line of resistance in Greece
  • Mark Serwotka, Kevin Courtney , Matt Wrack and Jeremy Dearjoin discussions with other trade unionists
  • Jeremy Corbyn MP participates in a series of meetings on Latin America
  • Martin Smith (LMHR) andWeyman Bennett (UAF) on the fight against fascism
  • Die Linke MP in the BundestagChristine Buchholz speaks on Afghanistan and joins a panel on the radical left
  • Danny Dorling on “Injustice: why social inequality persists”
  • Steven Rose on “The future of the brain”
  • An evening of poetry withMichael Rosen
  • Roy Bailey performs an evening of folk music
  • David Edgar on “Theatre, funding and ideology”

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Listen to the podcast of Psycho-Political Resistance in Israel-Palestine held at Birkbeck College 15 – 16 October 2009.

Verso 9781844673681 In Search of Fatima smallGhada Karmi, author of In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story, spoke about International Support and Involvement in Psycho-active Work/Acknowledgement. Listen here.

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Jacqueline Rose, author of The Last Resistance, spoke about The Politics of Apology and other forms of Acknowledgement; Denial in the Face of Atrocity. Listen here.

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Ali, Tariq (Credit - Nina Subin)Tariq Ali is appearing on the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s opening day, Sunday 16 August at 15.00.

He will be talking about about his new book ‘Protocols of the Elders of Sodom, and other essays’ which explores the links between literature, history and politics.

Photographer: Nina Subin

Verso 9781844673674 Protocols of the Elders of Sodom smallA Festival highlight, Tariq Ali’s event will be filmed for podcast by Festival sponsors The Times.   Co-sponsor The Sunday Times Scotland will be streaming an interview with Tariq on their website later in the day.

Tune in to BBC Radio Scotland on Sunday at 09.05 for Shereen Nanjiani’s interview with Tariq, and listen out for Colin MacKay’s ‘A Life in Question’ interview with the renowned historian, filmmaker, novelist, political campaigner and commentator later in the month.

“Ali is provocative, polemical and often very funny” –  Scotland on Sunday

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Paul Mason is Economics Editor of BBC’s Newsnight, and the author of ‘Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed’, a gripping and incisive account of the financial crisis that has brought us to the brink of depression.

He is in conversation with Philip Augar at 10.30 on Tuesday 18th August.

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Paul will also be talking about his book at Word Power Books 43 – 45  West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB at  13.00 on Monday 17 August.

“A page turning account … Mason is refreshingly clear-eyed — and angry.”  – Will Hutton,  The Guardian


Ghada Karmi is the author of the best-selling  ‘In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story’.  She will be in conversation with newspaper editor Abdel Bari Atwan at 15.30 on Sunday 23 AugustVerso 9781844673681 In Search of Fatima small.

“An important memoir” – The Financial Times

“Compelling and Beautifully Written” – Karen Armstrong, The Independent

The new, revised paperback edition is this month’s Editor’s Choice for the Good Book Guide

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The Good Book Guide, Biography, Editor’s Choice:

In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story by Ghada Karmi

(new paperback edition)

Verso 9781844673681 In Search of Fatima smallWhen Ghada Karmi returned to her family home in Katamum in Israeli West Jerusalem in 2000, while researching this new edition, the American Jewish incumbents refused to let her in to the house where she had been born.  Her family had fled in 1948, refugees from the war that had ended in the foundation of the State of Israel.  In this poignant memoir she fills in the gaps left by half a century of separation from her homeland, and describes what it is like to feel as if you belong nowhere.

“An important memoir” – Financial Times

Compelling and beautifully written.” – Karen Armstrong, Independent

Ghada Karmi will be speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

with newspaper editor Abdel Bari Atwan at 15.30 on Sunday 23 August

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Marxism 2009: a festival of resistance is now underway. Running between 2-6 July at venues in central London, several Verso authors are speaking:

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