Forays into a Vanishing Landscape
by Raja Shehadeh
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A lawyer by training and a writer by necessity, Raja Shehadeh has, since the early ’80s, argued cases of Palestinian land ownership in Israeli courts and written extensively on the legal aspects of the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. He has also produced five volumes of prose about Palestinian life, of which Strangers in the House: Coming of Age in Occupied Palestine (2001) is the best known to American readers. Part memoir, part family chronicle, the book is an emotionally fraught intergenerational narrative about growing up in the shadow of the Palestinian Nakba of 1948.
Shehadeh is also the author of a series of “Palestinian diaries,” and Palestinian Walks: Forays into a Vanishing Landscape is the fourth installment. These books are of a different order than his other work. What they lack in narrative
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