Minor Detail—a book discussion

Date(s) - 09/12/2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


cover of Minor Detail, torn photo of girl’s face in soft focus interrupted by photo of Negev desertJoin Northern N.J. JVP, NJ Peace Action, American Muslims for Paelstine, and the Palestinian American Community Center as we discuss the novel Minor Details by Adania Shibli, عدنية شبلي, Elisabeth Jaquette (Translator).

Better World Books* has this description of the novel, published in May 2020:

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 exile of some 700,000 people–and the Israelis celebrate as the War of Independence. Israeli soldiers murder an encampment of Bedouin in the Negev desert, and among their victims they capture a Palestinian teenager and they rape her, kill her, and bury her in the sand.Many years later, in the near-present day, a young woman in Ramallah tries to uncover some of the details surrounding this particular rape and murder, and becomes fascinated to the point of obsession, not only because of the nature of the crime, but because it was committed exactly twenty-five years to the day before she was born. Adania Shibli masterfully overlays these two translucent narratives of exactly the same length to evoke a present forever haunted by the past.

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Palestinian American Community Center, NJ Peace Action, American Muslims for Palestine NJ, Jewish Voice for Peace


Bookings are closed for this event.

1 thought on “Minor Detail—a book discussion”

  1. We’re looking forward to a vibrant discussion this Sunday—those who have registered through this site or by e-mailing us will get the link on Friday. There is still time to read the book, if you have not done so yet—it is quite short, though very deep; atmospheric and thought-provoking.

    Join us!

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