Palestine in Pieces
May 31, 20237:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
On Wednesday, May 31, writer Lina Meruane will be presenting this book
at Casa Árabe’s headquarters in Madrid. Plus, she will be signing copies
at our Balqís Bookstore / Casa Árabe stand at the Madrid
Book Fair. Don’t miss it.
Palestine in Pieces expands upon and deepens the Lina Meruane’s reflections, which began in 2012 after a trip to Beit Jala that would form part of a paradoxical return home on behalf of others who were never able to do so. From that perhaps disavowed but politically committed standpoint, Meruane wrote the chronicle that opens this volume -”Becoming Palestine”- which she continued writing because, as she would later say, “no matter how much an end is put to it, the awful reality of the occupation has continued and must be told in order to avoid the disappearance of Palestinian history and its people.”
These pages were followed by a second part -”Becoming Others”- a biting, audacious reflection upon the language used to discuss the conflict, and a third, hitherto unpublished -”Faces on My Face”- in which she rethinks the individual and collective identity imprinted on faces and on languages, as well as the cultural contradictions which bodies bear.
The three texts gathered herein take a look at essentialist, excluding, proscribed and unstable forms of belonging in a writing style that combines the melancholy feel of a memoir with the flowing prose of the travel chronicle, and the critical irony and the reflexive yet daring touch of an essay.
A Chilean writer and educator of Palestinian origin, Lina Meruane has been a professor at New York University since 2011, currently teaching at its Madrid campus. Her fictional works include the stories brought together in Las Infantas and Avidez, and five novels (Póstuma, Cercada, Fruta podrida, Sangre en el ojo and Sistema nervioso), which have been translated into twelve languages. Her non-fiction books include the essays Viajes virales (Viral Journeys) and Zona ciega (Blind Spot), as well as the personal essay Palestina en pedazos (Palestine in Pieces, an expanded version of her prior work Volverse Palestina -Becoming Palestine-), the lyrical essay Palestina por ejemplo (Palestine, for Instance), and the diatribe Contra los hijos (Against Children). She has received awards including the Blue Metropolis (Canada, 2023), Cálamo (Spain, 2016), Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (Mexico, 2012), Anna Seghers (Germany, 2011) and writing grants from the Guggenheim Foundation (USA, 2004), the NEA (USA, 2010), the DAAD (Germany, 2017), and Casa Cien Años de Soledad (Mexico, 2021), as well as others.
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Nakba, Casa Árabe and the Capitán Swing publishing firm are presenting this book on Tuesday, May 16 in Madrid, written by award-winning writer and scholar Rashid Khalidi, holder of the Edward Said Chair in Arab Studies at Columbia University. He will be attending this event.
May 16, 2023 MADRID
On Thursday, May 25, we will be hosting a new film screening in Madrid, as part of “The Film of the Month.” This time around, we will be showing the feature film “Farha,” inspired by the Nakba of Palestine. It is a work by Darin Sallam, who will be attending the colloquium after the film is shown. Tickets now being sold online.
From May 12, 2023 until May 25, 2023 MADRID