We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I (Hardback)

A Palestinian Memoir

Raja Shehadeh

A subtle psychological portrait of the author's relationship with his father during the twentieth-century battle for Palestinian human rights

Aziz Shehadeh was many things: lawyer, activist, and political detainee, he was also the father of bestselling author and activist Raja. In this new and searingly personal memoir, Raja Shehadeh unpicks the snags and complexities of their relationship.

A vocal and fearless opponent, Aziz resists under the British mandatory period, then under Jordan, and, finally, under Israel. As a young man, Raja fails to recognise his father's courage and, in turn, his father does not appreciate Raja's own efforts in campaigning for Palestinian human rights. When Aziz is murdered in 1985, it changes Raja irrevocably.

This is not only the story of the battle against the various oppressors of the Palestinians, but a moving portrait of a particular father and son relationship.

Publication date: 04/08/2022

£14.99

ISBN: 9781788169974

Imprint: Profile Books

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We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I (Ebook)

A Palestinian Memoir

Raja Shehadeh

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A subtle psychological portrait of the author's relationship with his father during the twentieth-century battle for Palestinian human rights

Aziz Shehadeh was many things: lawyer, activist, and political detainee, he was also the father of bestselling author and activist Raja. In this new and searingly personal memoir, Raja Shehadeh unpicks the snags and complexities of their relationship.

A vocal and fearless opponent, Aziz resists under the British mandatory period, then under Jordan, and, finally, under Israel. As a young man, Raja fails to recognise his father's courage and, in turn, his father does not appreciate Raja's own efforts in campaigning for Palestinian human rights. When Aziz is murdered in 1985, it changes Raja irrevocably.

This is not only the story of the battle against the various oppressors of the Palestinians, but a moving portrait of a particular father and son relationship.

Publication date: 04/08/2022

£12.99

ISBN: 9781782839590

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B09MDQ94PB

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Reviews for We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I

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Praise for the author:

'Palestine's greatest prose writer

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 Observer

'Going Home cements the author's reputation as the best-known Palestinian writing in English'

 Guardian

'Luminously clear-sighted ... By turns lyrical, witty and shrewd, Shehadeh is an excellent walking companion'

 Prospect

'Shehadeh is a great inquiring spirit with a tone that is vivid, ironic, melancholy and wise'

Colm Tóibín 

'Raja Shehadeh is a buoy in a sea of bleakness'

Rachel Kushner 

Raja Shehadeh

Raja Shehadeh

Raja Shehadeh is Palestine's leading writer. He is also a lawyer and the founder of the pioneering Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq. Shehadeh is the author of several acclaimed books including Strangers in the House and Occupation Diaries and winner of the 2008 Orwell Prize for Palestinian Walks (all Profile). He lives in Ramallah in Palestine.

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