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Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation

de Michael Chabon (Editor), Ayelet Waldman (Editor)

Altres autors: Lorraine Adams (Col·laborador), Geraldine Brooks (Col·laborador), Michael Chabon (Col·laborador), Lars Saabye Christensen (Col·laborador), Maylis de Kerangal (Col·laborador)21 més, Anita Desai (Col·laborador), Dave Eggers (Col·laborador), Assaf Gavron (Col·laborador), Arnon Grunberg (Col·laborador), Helon Habila (Col·laborador), Ala Hlehel (Col·laborador), Fida Jiryis (Col·laborador), Porochista Khakpour (Col·laborador), Hari Kunzru (Col·laborador), Rachel Kushner (Col·laborador), Eimear McBride (Col·laborador), Colum McCann (Col·laborador), Eva Menasse (Col·laborador), Emily Raboteau (Col·laborador), Taiye Selasi (Col·laborador), Raja Shehadeh (Col·laborador), Colm Tóibín (Col·laborador), Madeleine Thien (Col·laborador), Mario Vargas Llosa (Col·laborador), Ayelet Waldman (Col·laborador), Jacqueline Woodson (Col·laborador)

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A groundbreaking collection of essays by celebrated international writers bears witness to the human cost of fifty years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. In Kingdom of Olives and Ash, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, two of today's most renowned novelists and essayists, have teamed up with the Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence -- an organization comprised of former Israeli soldiers who served in the occupied territories and saw firsthand the injustice there -- and a host of illustrious writers to tell the stories of the people on the ground in the contested territories. Kingdom of Olives and Ash includes contributions from several of today's most esteemed storytellers including: Colum McCann, Jacqueline Woodson, Colm Toibin, Geraldine Brooks, Dave Eggers, Hari Kunzru, Raja Shehadeh, Mario Vargas Llosa and Assaf Gavron, as well as from editors Chabon and Waldman. Through these incisive, perceptive, and poignant essays, readers will gain unique insight into the narratives behind the litany of grim destruction broadcasted nightly on the news, as well as deeper understanding of the conflict as experienced by the people who live in the occupied territories. Together, these stories stand witness to the human cost of the occupation.… (més)
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Predictably uneven collection of essays. I went to the Jerusalem book launch for this a few weeks ago and found myself in the audience at the Q&A yelling at Michael Chabon, one of my favourite authors and his wife. Not my finest hour. Now that I have read all the essays in this collection, I'm still a bit conflicted about the potential impact of this project. Saying that the Occupation is bad seems as redundant as saying that Trump's Presidency is bad. No one intelligent is going to argue with you. If anything some of the essays here are a little too even-handed because if the soldiers who maintain the occupation are partly victims too, then what exactly are the authors confronting? There's also a fair amount of repetition which I guess is to be expected given that some of these writers traveled together, but there are also some gems here including Assaf Gavron's piece about football and Colum McCann moving story about Combatants for peace. I went into this concerned that it might be a fruitless exercise and finished it finding it mostly toothless. ( )
  asxz | Mar 13, 2019 |
Various writers on Israel’s Occupied Territories.The writers are generally very talented, which makes the topic harder and easier to bear; they convey the pain of living under occupation, the arbitrary actions of others that control your life and make time unpredictable and endless, the way that Israel is trying to squeeze Palestinians out of the territories by squashing economic and other forms of development. ( )
  rivkat | Nov 28, 2018 |
A collection of stories by some of today's best writers that broke my heart and filled me with utter despair. I fail to understand how Jewish people, Holocaust survivors and their descendants feel justified in imposing their will on the Palestinians, taking away every shred of human dignity, killing them without abandon or hesitation, and locking an entire population into one concentration camp. If any nation should know the sacred value of each human being, it is Israel. ( )
  MelissiaLenox | Jan 13, 2018 |
In Kingdom of Olives and Ash, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, two of today's most renowned novelists and essayists, have teamed up with the Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence—an organization comprised of former Israeli soldiers who served in the occupied territories and saw firsthand the injustice there—and a host of illustrious writers to tell the stories of the people on the ground in the contested territories.
  HandelmanLibraryTINR | Sep 22, 2017 |
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...They came to “bear witness” to the crisis in the West Bank and Gaza, where thousands of reporters, nongovernmental organization staffers, activists and diplomats hover around a conflict with a death toll last year that was about a third of the homicide number in Baltimore. It’s the kind of Mideast conflagration where writers can sally forth in an air-conditioned bus, safely observe the natives for a few hours and make it back to a nice hotel for drinks.

The resulting anthology, “Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation,” includes essays by American and international authors such as Eggers, Mario Vargas Llosa, Colum McCann and Colm Toibin — an impressive list — with a few locals thrown in. The visitors were shown around by anti-occupation activists and wrote up their experiences. Edited by Chabon and Waldman, the 26 essays here constitute a chorus of condemnation of Israel. The essays vary in tone and quality, but experienced journalists covering the Israel/Palestine story will recognize the usual impressions of reporters fresh from the airport. Cute Palestinian kids touched my hair! Beautiful tea glasses! I saw a gun! I lost my luggage, and that seems symbolic! Arabs do hip-hop! The soldiers are so young and rude! The writers interview the same people who are always interviewed in the West Bank, thinking it’s all new, and believe what they’re told. Chabon, for example, waxes sarcastic that in the West Bank you can spend months in administrative detention if you forget your ID card at home. But that isn’t true...Whatever this anthology set out to be, “Kingdom of Olives and Ash” is an unintentional group portrait of a certain set of intellectuals. Would they like a curated trip to a foreign country? Sign them up! Do they think a few days is enough to pass judgment on the participants in a century-old conflict? They do! These people are taken somewhere, and they go. Someone points, and they look. They can be trusted not to ask who’s pointing, who’s with them on the bus or who’s paying for the gas.
 

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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Chabon, MichaelEditorautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Waldman, AyeletEditorautor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
Adams, LorraineCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Brooks, GeraldineCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Chabon, MichaelCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Christensen, Lars SaabyeCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
de Kerangal, MaylisCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Desai, AnitaCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Eggers, DaveCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Gavron, AssafCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Grunberg, ArnonCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Habila, HelonCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Hlehel, AlaCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Jiryis, FidaCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Khakpour, PorochistaCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Kunzru, HariCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Kushner, RachelCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
McBride, EimearCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
McCann, ColumCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Menasse, EvaCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Raboteau, EmilyCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Selasi, TaiyeCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Shehadeh, RajaCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Tóibín, ColmCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Thien, MadeleineCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Vargas Llosa, MarioCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Waldman, AyeletCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Woodson, JacquelineCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
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A groundbreaking collection of essays by celebrated international writers bears witness to the human cost of fifty years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. In Kingdom of Olives and Ash, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, two of today's most renowned novelists and essayists, have teamed up with the Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence -- an organization comprised of former Israeli soldiers who served in the occupied territories and saw firsthand the injustice there -- and a host of illustrious writers to tell the stories of the people on the ground in the contested territories. Kingdom of Olives and Ash includes contributions from several of today's most esteemed storytellers including: Colum McCann, Jacqueline Woodson, Colm Toibin, Geraldine Brooks, Dave Eggers, Hari Kunzru, Raja Shehadeh, Mario Vargas Llosa and Assaf Gavron, as well as from editors Chabon and Waldman. Through these incisive, perceptive, and poignant essays, readers will gain unique insight into the narratives behind the litany of grim destruction broadcasted nightly on the news, as well as deeper understanding of the conflict as experienced by the people who live in the occupied territories. Together, these stories stand witness to the human cost of the occupation.

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