Minor Detail-9781913097172

Minor Detail by Shibli, Adania

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Author: Shibli, Adania

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Published on 6 May 2020 by Fitzcarraldo Editions in the United Kingdom.

Paperback | 144 pages
129 x 196 x 20 | 168g

Minor Detail begins during the summer of 1949, one year after the war that the Palestinians mourn as the Nakba – the catastrophe that led to the displacement and expulsion of more than 700,000 people – and the Israelis celebrate as the War of Independence. Israeli soldiers capture and rape a young Palestinian woman, and kill and bury her in the sand. Many years later, a woman in Ramallah becomes fascinated to the point of obsession with this ‘minor detail’ of history. A haunting meditation on war, violence and memory, Minor Detail cuts to the heart of the Palestinian experience of dispossession, life under occupation, and the persistent difficulty of piecing together a narrative in the face of ongoing erasure and disempowerment.