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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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Darwish’s masterpiece Mural, and Exile are reviewed by Eric Ormsby, for Bookforum.

[Mural] is an exquisitely designed book, enhanced by several of Berger’s evocative drawings and marred only by Berger’s strident, grandstanding introduction. … For Mural is a spiralling and circuitous poem, alive with swerves and sly twists, moving along corridors that dead-end only to open out unexpectedly into detours and hidden passageways. That single adjective, conspicuous in Darwish’s spare style, presages the very structure of Mural. … Darwish was master of a clear, pure Arabic diction, subtly inflected, and though his lines appear jagged on the page, they are driven by classical (rather than colloquial) cadences; paradoxically enough, this makes his enigmatic passages—and there are many in Mural even more recondite. … Darwish combines lyrics, prose poems, and aphorisms, in rather disjointed fashion.

The full article is available at the Bookforum website by a free registration here.

Mahmoud Darwish (1942–2008) published some thirty books of poetry and prose; his work has been translated into thirty-five languages. His many international awards include the Lenin Peace Prize and the Lannan Foundation Prize for Cultural Freedom.

John Berger’s latest novel is From A to X.

Rema Hammami is professor at the Institute for Women’s Studies at Birzeit University, Ramallah.

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Victoria Brittain interviews John Berger for the New Statesman Books Interview:

Why did you decide to be a writer, not a painter?
It was a very conscious decision to stop painting – not stopping drawing – and write. A painter is like a violinist: you have to play every single day, you can’t do it sporadically. For me, there were too many political urgencies to spend my life painting. Most urgent was the threat of nuclear war – the risk of course came from Washington, not Moscow. And now, living in a village is very social, much more than the city. And the practical tasks – shovelling snow, the political tasks which come on email – I do these first before I sit down to write.

It is striking how many of your books have been done as collaborations – most recently a translation with Rema Hammami, of Mahmoud Darwish’s epic poem “Mural”.
Yes, I really welcome collaboration. I’ve also done collaborations with my son Yves, my daughter, Katya, and in the years of television film in the 1960s, with Mike Dibb. The important thing about collaboration is not to make compromises. All differences of opinion have to be faced, reflected on. It’s like the opposite of committees, where people are swamped by compromises. Mike Dibb remains a close friend. In the 1960s, working for television was a way of earning money – books didn’t pay, I had to survive. So I did interviews, reportage. I was at ease with TV. We had this idea of making a four-programme series about the relationship between art and image. It was very low-budget, not important to anyone, so no one was on our backs. We spent six or eight months working on it. The BBC didn’t believe in it and showed it very late at night. The book came as a hurried add-on.

What was it like working with Rema Hammami?
Rema and I travelled together in Palestine, and worked on this translation together, and by email, for years. We argued incessantly. Translation is such a subtle process: you have to penetrate the language, get behind it. You have to find the rhythm, the silences. Rema was the brave one who took our work to Darwish to ask what he thought. He approved. What we had was a voice – Darwish’s in English, which has its own rhythm, cadence, forms of silence.

John Berger was awarded the 2009 Golden PEN Award for a Lifetime’s Distinguished Service to Literature, an award presented to the very greatest of writers – those whose work has given both pleasure to readers and inspiration to their fellow writers.

He is the author of From A to X and Hold Everything Dear: Dispatches on Survival and Resistance. He illustrated Darwish’s Mural and translated it with Rema Hammami, professor at the Institute for Women’s Studies at Birzeit University, Ramallah. Forthcoming this summer are his early novels Corker’s Freedom and A Painter of Our Time.


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Musician Robert Wyatt, and guest editor of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today Programme’ on 1 January 2010,  invited John Berger for an alternative ‘Thought for the Day.’

Listen to John Berger talking about the poet ‘Mahmoud Darwish: Spirituality in the Modern World’ here.

John Berger translated and illustrated Mahmoud Darwish’s epic poem Mural.

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John Berger, author of From A to X and the co-translator of Mahmoud Darwish’s poem Mural, has won the Golden Pen Award for a Lifetime’s Distinguished Service to Literature. Geoff Dyer, who will deliver the encomium at the prizegiving commented: “I can think of no worthier recipient of the Golden PEN 2009 Award: in the unparalleled range of his work, in his extraordinary originality and innovation, in his unflagging commitment and limitless compassion, John Berger is exemplary both as a writer and as a human being.”

See here for more information and past winners.

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Textual analysis and the highlights of Sand’s personal and professional journey intermingle in Raymond Deane’s review of Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of the Jewish People for The Electronic IntifVerso 9781844674220 UK Invention of the Jewish People smallada:

In 1967 the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish published his poem “A Soldier Dreaming of White Lilies,” only to be accused of “collaboration with the Zionist enemy” for his sympathetic depiction of an Israeli soldier’s remorse of conscience. Forty years later that soldier has identified himself as the historian Shlomo Sand. He has translated his remorse into a book that has become a bestseller in Israel and France, where the award of the Prix Aujourd’hui has made the author something of a TV star.

Indeed, few recent books have aroused more interest and been more frequently reviewed in the US and Europe prior to the appearance of an English version. Translator Yael Lotan has chosen to follow the example of her French predecessors by telescoping the interrogative Hebrew title (When and How Was the Jewish People Invented?), which here becomes The Invention of the Jewish People, thus misleadingly and (deliberately?) provocatively implying that such inventiveness was unique to the Jews. However, Sand clarifies that worldwide in the 19th century “[t]he national project was … a fully conscious one … It was a simultaneous process of imagination, invention, and actual self-creation” (45).

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Mahmoud Darwish’s Mural, a collection of the poet’s remarkable late poems beautifully illustrated by John Berger, is out now.

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