With his unique perspective as an Israeli Palestinian, Sayed Kashua’s collection of personal essays is a frank, irreverent, thought-provoking exploration of discovering one’s identity, bridging cultural divides, and following creative passion . . . while raising a family in the process
“Kashua simply narrates, column after column, the impossibility of living as an Arab in the Jewish state. Sure, the columns are still clever and entertaining in their left-handed antiheroism. They succeed in being symbolic without dissonance or figurative effort . . . This is among the most justified collections of newspaper columns ever published in Israel.”Haaretz
978-0-8021-2629-0 • $16.00 • Paperback • Feb. 2017
Sayed Kashua has been praised by the New York Times as “a master of subtle nuance in dealing with both Arab and Jewish society.” An Israeli-Palestinian who lived in Jerusalem for most of his life, Kashua started writing in Hebrew with the hope of creating one story that both Palestinians and Israelis could relate to, rather than two that cannot coexist together. He devoted his novels and his satirical weekly column published in Haaretz to telling the Palestinian story and exploring the contradictions of modern Israel, while also capturing the nuances of everyday family life in all its tenderness and chaos.
Over the last few years, that weekly column of humorous personal essays has been among the most widely read and beloved columns in Israel. With an intimate tone fueled by deep-seated apprehension and a razor-sharp ironic
wit, Kashua has been documenting his own life as well as that of society at large: he writes about his children’s upbringing and encounters with racism, about fatherhood and married life, the Jewish-Arab conflict, his professional ambitions, andmore than anythinghis love of literature. From these circumstances, Kashua brings forth a series of brilliant, caustic, wry, and fearless reflections on social and cultural dynamics as experienced by someone who straddles two societies. Native, a selection of essays written between 2006 and 2014, reads like an unrestrained, profoundly thoughtful personal journal.