Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense

TitlePay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsDi Cintio, Marcello
Number of Pages256
PublisherGoose Lane Editions

Marcello Di Cintio first visited Palestine in 1999. Like most outsiders, the Palestinian narrative that he knew had been simplified by a seemingly unending struggle, a near-Sisyphean curse of stories of oppression, exile, and occupation told over and over again. In this book, he reveals a more complex story: the Palestinian experience as seen through the lens of authors, books, and literature. Di Cintio explores what literature means to modern Palestinians and how Palestinians make sense of the conflict between a rich imaginative life and the daily tedium and violence of survival. Di Cintio visits the towns and villages of the West Bank, passes into Jerusalem, and then travels through Israel before crossing into Gaza. En route, he meets with poets, authors, librarians, and booksellers and begins to see Palestine through their eyes, through the stories of their stories.

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